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Oregon Police Say School Shooter Was 15-Year-Old Freshman

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(NBC News) -- Oregon police have identified the gunman in the Reynolds High School shooting as Jared Michael Padgett, a 15-year-old freshman at the school.

Padgett arrived via school bus, but was carrying a guitar case and a large duffel bag, said Multnomah County Sheriff Scott Anderson at a Wednesday press conference.

One of those contained an AR-15 rifle that he had obtained from his family home.

"The weapons had been secured but he defeated the security measures," Anderson said.

When the boy got off the bus he entered school through the boys' locker room, housed in the building that hold the gym, said Anderson.

That's where Padgett encountered Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old fellow freshman and shot him dead.

He was also met by gym teacher Todd Rispler, who was shot in the hip but still managed to get to safety and initiate the school lockdown procedures, Anderson said.

"I cannot emphasis enough the role that Mr. Rispler and the responding officers played in saving many many lives yesterday."

Investigators found that Padgett had an unused handgun on him as well as a knife, an was wearing a "non-ballistic" tactical vest, used for carrying ammunition. They also uncovered nine loaded magazines capable of holding "hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Anderson said.

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