School shooting kills one student at a high school near Portland

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Tue, June 10 2014 at 6:09 PM, Updated: Wed, June 11 2014 at 3:32 PM

Troutdale, Ore. -- Troutdale Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department identified the shooter as 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett, a freshman at Reynolds High School. Police say Padgett killed Emilio Hoffman, also a freshman at RHS.

Police say the Paget entered the school carrying a duffel bag and guitar case. Police also say the shooter carried several hundred rounds and had a handgun, which he didn't use.

Police say Padgett started shooting an AR-15 rifle at about eight Tuesday morning, on the second to last day of school as many students were taking their finals.

"I heard gunshots and then at first I thought it was a joke or something with firecrackers then they started yelling telling us all to get down and then we all got serious and went into lockdown," said a student at Reynolds High School.

Police said it was a lone gunman who started shooting.

"A gunman entered the high school this morning, shot one student.
Unfortunately, that student has died. The gunman was located.
The gunman is also deceased," said Scott Anderson, the Police Chief for the Troutdale Police Department.

In a later press conference, Anderson said the Paget entered a building that housed the gym. The victim, Emilio Hoffman was found in the locker room. Paget was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a separate room inside the school.

As police got control of the situation, parents waited nervously to be reunited with their kids.

"I'm panicking. I don't now how this could happen," said one mother.

Authorities said the gunman was carrying a rifle.

A teacher was also treated at the scene with non life threatening injuries.

"This is a tragic day. One that I had hoped would never ever be part of my experience," said Linda Florence, the Superintendent of the Reynolds School District.

Another campus, another community, forced to deal with another school shooting.

Officials credit the quick action of two school resource officers with helping law enforcement to end the incident.

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