Teen gunman in Oregon school shooting got weapons from home

TROUTDALE Ore. Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:10pm EDT

Police officers enter the building after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Police officers enter the building after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014.

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TROUTDALE Ore. (Reuters) - The teenage gunman who killed a classmate at an Oregon high school on Tuesday was armed with a military-style rifle and a semiautomatic pistol obtained from his home and lacked any known connection to his victim, police said on Wednesday.

Police said an autopsy of the suspect, Jared Michael Padgett, 15, confirmed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging fire with police inside Reynolds High School in Troutdale, a Portland suburb.

The shooting, which ended with Padgett's body being found in a bathroom stall of the gymnasium building, marked the third outbreak of deadly gun violence to shake a U.S. high school or college campus in less than three weeks.

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson declined at a news conference to offer any explanation for what may have driven Padgett to walk into a boy's locker room at the school and shoot a fellow freshman, 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.

"We have not established any link between the student and shooter," Anderson said. "At this time it would be inappropriate to discuss a motive."

But he credited a school gym teacher, Todd Rispler, with preventing further loss of life. Rispler was grazed by gunfire as he encountered Padgett but made his way to the school office to warn administrators of the attack and initiate a lockdown, Anderson said.

Anderson said Padgett opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle and also was carrying a semiautomatic handgun that he did not use, as well as a large knife and nine loaded ammunition magazines with a capacity for several hundred rounds.

The youth arrived at the school on Tuesday morning by school bus, carrying a guitar case and a duffel bag. When confronted in the locker room by the teacher, the boy wore a vest used for carrying ammunition and other items and a camouflage-colored athletic helmet, Anderson said.

"The shooter obtained the weapons from his family home," the chief said. "The weapons had been secured, but he defeated the security measures."

Police have not said whether the firearms were legally owned or registered by family members.

President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration on Tuesday at the inability of Washington lawmakers to tighten gun control measures in the wake of a recent wave of U.S. shootings in public places.

(Reporting by Shelby Sebens in Portland; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jim Loney and Jonathan Oatis)

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Comments (20)
biorsel wrote:
2nd Amendment play out real well here. The kid is innocent. The parent is at fault, not one but both. Charge them as killer.

Jun 11, 2014 3:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RonHat wrote:
I wonder how many of these school shooters are on ADHD or anxiety medication. Would be interested to find out.

Jun 11, 2014 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bear87 wrote:
Your exactly right. There are a lot of parents in this country from 74 shooting in the last two years that apparently dropped the ball when it came to teaching their children about life, respect for others and what is considered right and wrong.

I think to many parents think its not their responsibility to teach these ideals to their children. They expect the school or their baby sitter or nanny to do this for them. Why have children if your not going to take responsibility for their learning of the basics. Take time and teach them. If your kids are older then find out what their doing, how school is going, life issues. Quit putting your head in the sand and hope the problems if there are any go away. They won’t.

Because if parents don’t start getting involved with their children – school, friends, drinking, being bullied or being the bully or anything else then the next time there is a shooting in this country it might very well be your kid that was involved.

Jun 11, 2014 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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