PORTLAND – A 16-year-old Jefferson High School student was arrested in study hall Tuesday in connection with the shooting last summer at a Portland park.
Officers said Malik Overton had a loaded handgun in his pocket when he was arrested at the school.
Parents of students at Jefferson High School said they were terrified to learn that someone had a loaded gun in class.
"It's pretty scary. I’m not sure if we need to start having our students searched coming in the doorway, you know, for more safety for others," said parent Liz Mayes.
The Peninsula Park shooting occurred on July 7. No one was hurt but several shots were fired near the Peninsula Park community center and pool. The shooting sent kids, parents and staff members running for cover at the popular park. The outdoor pool was also evacuated.
Witnesses told detectives Overton and the second suspect, 20-year-old Teondre Bonner, were shooting at rival gang members. A building at the center and nearby van were hit by gunfire.
Detectives said they later identified Overton from video taken around the time of the shooting.
Overton was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home and then appeared in court Wednesday. He was charged as an adult, with attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder with a firearm, attempted assault with a firearm and several weapons violations. The case will be taken up by a grand jury next week.
The suspect's mother was in court Wednesday. When asked if she knew where her son got the gun, she responded, "No." She declined to comment on the allegations.
On August 2, police arrested Bonner at a motel in Lacey, Washington in connection with the Peninsula park shooting. He was extradited to Oregon and remains in the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges.
Detectives think even more people were involved in the shooting who have not been identified. Anyone with information was asked to contact detective Mitch Hergert at (503) 823-2081.
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report