A male teen gunman with a semi-automatic weapon (reportedly an AK-15) and one victim are both dead after shots were fired at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Multnomah County, Oregon early Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
On Wednesday, the killer was identified as Jared Michael Padgett*. He was a 15 year old freshman, in ROTC, who liked guns. This continues the Jared/Jerad/Jared lexilink we have seen lately.
Police responded to reports that shots were fired at the school at 8:07 a.m. local time as the situation unfolded in the small town east of Portland, Oregon.
At 10 a.m. local time, Troutdale Police Department Chief Scott Anderson said at the first televised press conference to follow the incident that the shooter entered the school and fatally shot one student before being neutralized. He was found dead.
“Today is a very tragic day,” Anderson said.
Reynolds was put on lockdown immediately after shots were first fired, though some students were soon after evacuated from the building.
Troutdale had a population of roughly 16,000 as of the 2010 census, and is situated just south of the state’s border with Washington. Around 2,800 students were enrolled at the school during the 2008-2009 academic year, and the school is presently the second-largest high school in the state, according to Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust.
It will be recalled on June 5, 2014, a 19-year-old man was killed and two other people wounded when a gunman opened fire in a building at Seattle Pacific University.
Michael (Hebrew) means "who is like God" (mi-who, ke-as or like, El-deity), which in Talmudic tradition is interpreted as a rhetorical question: "Who is like God?" (which expects an answer in the negative) to imply that no one is like God. In this way, Michael is reinterpreted as a symbol of humility before God.
Plaggett (French) is a diminutive variant of Page, meaning a "page, a young boy in training as a personal assistant to a knight," "an attendant."