The family of the Oregon high school shooter who killed another student before turning the gun on himself have broken their silence, saying they are "deeply confused and shocked" by their son's actions.
Michael Padgett and his ex-wife, Kristina, delivered a handwritten statement to Fox 12 in Oregon on Friday, speaking out for the first time since their 15-year-old son, Jared, opened fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, where he fatally shot freshman Emilio Hoffman and wounded a teacher before taking his own life.
"We are at a loss as to how and why this tragedy unfolded," the statement read. "Our family does not condone and has never promoted violence or hatred toward anyone."
Padgett entered the school Tuesday, the next-to-last day of classes, armed with an AR-15 rifle, a handgun, a large knife and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, police have said.
He walked into a locker room, where he shot and killed Hoffman before shooting Todd Rispler in the hip. Despite his wounds, Rispler made it to the school's front office and started lock-down procedures. Police have said his actions were integral to ending the situation quickly.