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Police Identify Reynolds High School Shooter As Freshman Student

OPB | June 11, 2014 10:50 a.m. | Updated: June 11, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Portland

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Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson

Michael Clapp / OPB

The lone gunman in a shooting at a Troutdale high school has been identified as freshman Jared Michael Padgett.

Padget, 15, attended Reynolds High School, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said at a morning press conference.

Anderson detailed what police knew about the events of Tuesday morning.

Padgett went to the school on a bus Tuesday morning with a guitar case and a duffel bag, Anderson said. He went on to say that Padgett used an AR-15 type rifle and had nine loaded magazines with the potential of holding several hundred rounds of ammunition. He also had a semi-automatic handgun and a large knife that were not used.

Police say Padgett took weapons from his family’s home — they were secured, but he was able to bypass those measures.

Padgett entered Reynolds High School’s boys locker and started shooting. Police say he spent a period of time there and during which he shot and killed freshman Emilio Hoffman.

Anderson said officials haven’t established a link between the two students. He later added, “it’s inappropriate to discuss a possible motive for the murder.”

Physical education teacher Todd Rispler found Padgett in the locker room was shot once as he was trying to leave. His hip was grazed by a bullet, but he was able to make it to the front office where he alerted staff and initiated the lockdown. Rispler was later treated at the scene.

 

“I cannot emphasize enough the role that Mr. Rispler and the responding officers played in saving many, many lives yesterday,” Anderson said. “Given the weapons and amount of ammunition that the shooter was carrying, the early notification and the initial law enforcement response were critical.”

Police said Padgett then moved through the main hallway, where he was confronted by officers just entering the building and did exchange gunfire with one officer. Padgett moved into a small restroom. Based on an autopsy, it was determined he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

People have left flowers at the school which is closed indefinitely.

People have left flowers at the school which is closed indefinitely.

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Reynolds High is the second largest high school in the state with 2,700 students. However, seniors were not on campus as the time of the shooting because they had finished classes last week.

Pro-gun safety advocacy group Everytown reports that this is the 74th incident of gunfire on at an American school since the December 2012 mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Vigils were held last night for Hoffman and for the grieving community. Crisis counselors are at Mount Hood Community College today until 7 p.m.

Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence said Reynolds High School will be closed until further notice. Other Reynolds district schools are open.

“This was tragic event,” Florence said at a Tuesday press conference. “It feels so personal.”

Today would have been the last day of school for Reynolds students before summer break.

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