Father of Oregon school shooter: 'We are at a loss'

Story highlights

  • Jared Padgett killed one student and injured a teacher
  • He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • "We are horrified and distraught," writes his father
The father of 15-year-old Jared Padgett does not understand what compelled his son to open fire at his Oregon school.
Padgett killed one student this week at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 12 miles east of Portland. He also injured a teacher, before turning the gun on himself.
"I, Michael Padgett and my ex-wife, Kristina, are grieved in our hearts for the tragic event that involved our beloved son Jared at Reynolds High School. We are finding it very difficult to put into words our state of mind and emotions," the father wrote in a letter he gave to CNN affiliate KPTV.
He offered condolences to the family of the student his son killed,