PORTLAND, Ore. -- Newly released search warrant documents offer the most detailed account yet of the June 10 Reynolds High School Shooting, revealing where Jared Padgett got the semi-automatic rifle he used in the attack, the other weapons stored at his house and a first-hand account of his strange behavior just minutes before the gunfire inside the school gym.
Padgett's older brother, Lucas, told investigators his semi-automatic rifle disappeared on the day of the shooting, according to search warrant documents obtained by the On Your Side Investigators Thursday.
Lucas is in the U.S. Army Reserves and told investigators he owns an M4 AR-15, which fires .223-caliber rounds, the same found at the scene of the shooting, documents said.
Lucas said the rifle was stored in their bedroom, which he shares with Jared, but told investigators that after the shooting, he returned home to find that the rifle was gone and "had no explanation as to where it may be." The search warrant documents never specifically state if the gun was locked up.
Last week, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said that the AR-15 had been kept in a secured area but that Jared was able to bypass the security. The On Your Side Investigators tried to clarify this with Troutdale police spokesman, Sgt. Carey Kaer, but he declined to elaborate.
"Due to the ongoing investigation there will be no further information released regarding the information within the search warrants," Kaer wrote, via email, to the media a few hours later.
Police said the bag Jared carried with him into the school also belonged to Lucas. The bag may have held extra magazines for the weapon – numerous fully loaded magazines were found near Jared’s body. Both the bag and the guitar case are seen in a picture taken that morning. That picture was included in the search warrant documents.
Austin Trichos, 15, a freshman who said he was friends with Padgett and walked with him to school daily, told police that Padgett acted like he didn’t hear him when he said 'hello', but kept walking toward the school gym building. That’s when Trichos said he noticed something strange about the guitar case slung across Padgett’s back, according to the search warrants released Thursday morning.
"He said he spoke to (Padgett) in a medium-loud voice from a distance of 5-10 feet and (Padgett) did not respond to him. Mr. Trichos said he noticed that whatever was in the guitar (case) was probably not a guitar based on the heavy weight of the items and the odd weight displacement. Mr. Trichos lost sight sight of Mr. Jared Padgett. Mr. Trichos said he often hears (Padgett) speak of owning and shooting guns, to include an AR-15 rifle," documents said.
Dispatchers received their first 911 call at 8:07 a.m., about "multiple shots fired in the boys locker room and one person was down … blood (was) everywhere.”
Police said Padgett killed freshman Emilio Hoffman, before killing himself
The documents turned over to the On Your Side Investigators also show police found several more weapons during their sweep of Padgett’s home, and confiscated some of the teen’s personal belongings as potential evidence.
Two items believed to belong to Padgett, a journal and backpack, were labeled Operation Military Kids, documents said. An online search by KATU discovered links to an Operation Military Kids program, “the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment.” The outreach program includes a "Hero Pack" filled with mementos and items designed to help kids connect with their deployed relatives.
An OMK hero backpack was found in a dumpster behind the Padgett family home. The journal was found on a bed inside. The police search also identified or seized:
"Family has no comment on the guns except for what the police have said."