Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after the shooting at
Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. REUTERS/Steve
The teenage gunman who killed a classmate at an Oregon
high school 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 say.
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, on Tuesday
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.