Gunman at high school in Troutdale, Ore., identified as 15-year-old freshman

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson says that Jared Michael Padgett, 15, took the school bus carrying an AR-15, a semiautomatic handgun, and a large knife.

By Frances Burns

TROUTDALE, Ore., June 11 (UPI) -- The student who killed a classmate at an Oregon high school and then himself was armed with an AR-15 rifle he brought from home, police said Wednesday.

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said that Jared Michael Padgett, 15, a freshman at Reynolds High School, was positively identified as the gunman. The victim, Emilio Hoffman, 14, was also a freshman, but investigators have not revealed any connection between the two yet.


Padgett, carrying a guitar case and duffle bag, took the school bus Tuesday morning, Anderson said. He immediately went to the locker room, where Hoffman, a junior varsity soccer player, was shot.

His coaches described Hoffman on Twitter as "a great soccer player and a great friend." A teenager Hoffman identified as his girlfriend on his Facebook page also mourned him.

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"I have never been in so much pain," she said in a tweet Tuesday. "There is nothing I wouldn't give to see him again."

While Padgett's family kept their guns in a secured location, the teenager was able to bypass the security measures, Anderson said.


"The shooter used an AR-15 type rifle in the attack and carried, but did not use, a semi-automatic handgun," the chief said. "Investigators also recovered nine loaded magazines with the capability of holding several hundred rounds."

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Padgett was also armed with a large knife, and was wearing a vest with storage space for ammunition.

Anderson said that Todd Rispler, a physical education teacher who was wounded in the locker room, and the police officers who responded to the school, "saved many many lives." A bullet grazed Rispler's hip.

"Mr. Rispler made his way to the office, where he was able to notify the administration, which then immediately initiated the lockdown," Anderson said.

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Investigators believe Padgett shot himself after being wounded by police.

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