The 15 year-old who last week went on a shooting spree at an Oregon high school wrote in his diary that he planned to kill “sinners.”
Jared Padgett, an active member of an Gresham, Ore., Mormon church, shot and killed a student and injured a teacher during the attack on Reynolds High School before turning the gun on himself, police said. While searching through the teen’s home, officers found his journal, Portland’s KGW reported. In the diary, Padgett detailed plans to kill the “sinners” at his school, police said. No specific students or teachers were named as targets. His writings did not outline how or when the killings would occur, police said. Padgett was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Church elder Earl Milliron told the TV station that the 15-year-old was “highly regarded for his spirituality.” The teen, his brother and his father were all active in their Oregon church, Milliron said.
Padgett brought his AR-15 to school in a guitar case that also held several hundred rounds of ammunition.