Reynolds High shooter was 15-year-old student
Jared Michael Padgett killed himself after shooting classmate
The shooter who killed 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman at Reynolds High School in Troutdale Tuesday, June 10, was a fellow student.
Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson identified Jared Michael Padgett, 15, also a freshman at the school, as the shooter at a Wednesday morning press conference.
Padgett rode the bus to school as usual Tuesday, but he was carrying a guitar case and a duffel bag, which contained a virtual arsenal. Anderson said Padgett used an AR-15 assault rifle to kill Hoffman in the locker room of the school's gym and wound teacher Todd Rispler. He also had nine magazines capable of holding several hundred rounds of ammunition, a handgun and a large knife. Padgett did not use the handgun, Anderson said, and got the weapons from his family home.
Padgett ran into a bathroom shot and shot and killed himself after a brief gun battle with Troutdale police, who arrived in minutes and were coming at him from two directions.
Anderson said it is inappropriate to discuss a possible motive at this point, and praised Rispler's actions in getting to the school office start lockdown procedures despite being wounded.
I cannot emphasize enough the role Rispler played in saving many, many lives yesterday, Anderson said. Every one of those teachers and students in that school did exactly the right thing in a very different situation.
Anderson also said that no link has been established between the shooter and Hoffman, who happened to be in the locker room when Padgett came in, apparently heading for the crowded gym.
Christian Welton, a freshman at Reynolds, was in the gym when the shooting began described the terror of that day as he stood outside the school the day after the shooting.
Four guys got everyone in the hallway down by the weight room. We tried to keep everybody calm and we got the door barricaded, he said. The cops tried to break in, but they couldn't, so I guess we did a pretty good job.
Welton said he and his friends didn't leave the room until the police at the door yelled, Cops! and Welton and others yelled back, Students! Then, as they opened the doors, the students were told to put their hands on their heads before they walked out and were then escorted to a parking lot.
Welton and several other students stood around talking at the street-level sign for the high school the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11. Dozens of bouquets of flowers were laid at the sign's base as a memorial to Hoffman, who was Welton's locker mate.
Kaer said no more press conferences are scheduled for the immediate future because so many people at the school must be interviewed by detectives as the investigation into the shooting continues.
It will be a couple hundred at least, and it will be some time before any more facts come out, he said.