Jared Michael Padgett, a 15-year-old freshman, terrorized his suburban high school last Tuesday in yet another tragic school shooting.
Padgett killed fellow student, 14-year old Emilio Hoffman, in the boys’ locker room, and also shot and injured a teacher, before taking his own life after exchanging gunfire with police.
Padgett, a member of of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was described as being very active in the church, along with his father and older brother. According to Church elder Earl Milliron, the shooter was “highly regarded for his spirituality.”
Reports indicate that young Jared Padgett was a deacon of the church, while his father was a church elder, and acted as a spiritual adviser to his church community.
There were no specifics in Padgett’s journal about how or when the shooting might occur. No specific students or teachers were named as potential targets.
Police say the journal discussed plans to kill classmates, though it’s not clear when the entries were written, and they do not give a specific date for the intended reign of terror. The journal did, however, contain passages targeting “sinners” who smoked cigarettes or took the lord’s name in vain.
On Tuesday morning, Padgett arrived at Reynolds High School carrying a guitar case and duffel bag. He was armed with an AR-15 type rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a large knife.
Police say Padgett got the weapons from his family’s home.