Cops ID Oregon school shooter, say he had assault rifile

TROUTDALE, Ore. - Police say the gunman in the Tuesday attack at an Oregon high school had an assault rifle, handgun and several magazines of ammunition. They identified him Wednesday as 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett, and said an autopsy determined he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A law enforcement official told CBS News the shooter was also a student at the school.

They say no link has been found between the shooter and the student who was killed, 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.

No motive was released.

Police say the shooting occurred in a gym detached from the main school building, with the fatality occurring in the boys' locker room.

The weapons and ammunition were concealed in a guitar case and duffel bag when the shooter arrived at the campus.

Officers responded to the school shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities said the suspect was found dead in a school bathroom, slumped on a toilet, and that he likely killed himself.

Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said officers used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead.

Following the shooting, President Obama reflected on gun violence in a Tumblr chat Tuesday, saying, "We're the only developed country on earth where this happens, and it happens now once a week. ...I mean, our levels of gun violence are off the charts, there's no advanced developed country on earth that would put up with this."

  • Crimesider Staff


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