Saturday 17 February 2018

Teenage gunman who killed classmate obtained rifle and handgun from family home - police

Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon
Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon
Officials closed the roads to the scene of a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon (AP)
Students and parents are reunited in a supermarket car park after the shooting at the school.
Police check students and faculty members, walking with their hands up, after a shooting incident at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon in this still image from a June 10, 2014 video by KGW Newschannel 8. A gunman walked into the Oregon high school and fatally shot a student on Tuesday before authorities found him dead a short time later, a day before students were due to finish classes and break for summer vacation. There was no immediate word of any other serious injuries in the shooting at the school, which was on lockdown as students were evacuated from the school room by room, police said. REUTERS/KGW Newschannel 8/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

The teenage gunman who killed a classmate at an Oregon high school yesterday was armed with a military-style rifle and a semi-automatic handgun that he obtained from his family's home, and had no apparent link to his victim, police said today.

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 the town of Troutdale, a Portland suburb.

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 student, 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.

"At this time it would be inappropriate to discuss a motive," Anderson said, adding that the investigation was continuing.

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 semi-automatic pistol that he did not use, as well as a knife and nine loaded ammunition magazines capable of holding several hundred rounds.

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