A rifle-toting gunman killed a 14-year-old student at an Oregon high school Tuesday, the latest in a spate of US shootings that prompted a renewed warning from President Barack Obama.
The gunman, said to be another student, also died in the shooting at Reynolds High School in the northwestern US state, taking his own life according to media reports.
Police named the victim as Emilio Hoffman, who died in a boys' locker room of the school's gym building. The shooter, who has still been identified, was found in a separate bathroom.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday launched a heart-felt lament that such attacks were "becoming the norm" -- and dismissing the argument shootings were primarily a mental health issue.
"The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people," the president said during a Tumblr online forum.
"It's not the only country that has psychosis, and yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else.
"What's the difference? The difference is that these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses."