Troutdale Police have confirmed that the shooting at Oregon's Reynolds High School on Tuesday that killed one and injured another was perpetrated by 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett, who also took his own life.
Police Chief Scott Anderson said Wednesday that an autopsy revealed that Padgett killed himself after slaying classmate Emilio Hoffman and exchanging fire with police. Teacher Todd Rispler was grazed on the hip, but managed to make his way from the two boys in the gymnasium locker room to the office to initiate a lock down, CBS affiliate KOIN reported
"I cannot emphasize enough the role Mr. Rispler played," Anderson told reporters at a press conference. He said the alert and the police team's fast response stopped what was likely to have been a full-blown massacre.
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Several classmates said Padgett brought a guitar case and duffel bag on the bus the day of the shooting, and did not seem angry.
"A few of our friends asked what was in the bag. He said it was a stand for his uniforms and said he had sports gear," said Jose Garcia, who's known Padgett for many years.
Police confirmed that Padgett entered the school through the gymnasium and went directly to the locker room, where he pulled out an AR-15 rifle with nine magazines of ammunition, a semi-automatic handgun, and a knife. He wore a camouflage helmet and ammo vest.
The weapons came from his home. They were secured, but the police chief said Padgett was able to overcome the security measures.
After shooting Hoffman, Padgett encountered two officers in a hallway, where they exchanged fire. He then moved to a smaller bathroom where he shot himself. The handgun and knife were never used.
A vigil held Tuesday night for Hoffman was attended by thousands, including Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
According to The Associated Press
, police have not commented on the shooter's motive, but did say no link has been established between Padgett and Hoffman.
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