A diary left behind by Oregon school shooter Jared Michael Padgett as revealed his motivation behind the attack: Jesus.
Jared Michael Padgett walked into Reynolds High School carrying an AR-15 rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, a large amount of ammunition, and a knife. The fifteen year old killed freshman Emilio Hoffman and injured physical education teacher Todd Rispler. Rispler was able to escape and notify the school of the danger. After a brief shootout with police, Padgett took his own life in the school bathroom.
The shooter was a fan of right-leaning publications, gun rights sites, and a number of gun manufacturers, as is evidenced by his Facebook profile.
Daily Mail reported on Padgett’s Facebook likes, saying:
[box type=”shadow”]On Padgett’s Facebook page, the 15-year-old liked two tactical knife companies, M4 assault rifles and political pages such as ‘Conservative American Military Veterans Against Barack Obama’ and ‘We WILL NOT Be Disarmed.’
These strong pro-gun opinions may have been inherited from his family. His brother-in-law Andrew Cooper wrote on Facebook that school shootings could be prevented with more armed guards.
‘Dear President Obama, here, I’ll help you out to create jobs a little, oh and more importantly- SAVE LIVES; advise the states to employ at least 2 specially trained police officers to constantly patrol all school campuses from kindergarden [sic] through all colleges. Duh,’ Cooper wrote in December 2012.[/box]
While searching through the teenager’s home, police found the shooter’s journal. Police say that no specific students or teachers were named as targets, but Padgett detailed his plan to kill “sinners” at the school. Specifically, Padgett planned to target people who smoked cigarettes and took the “Lord’s name” in vain.
Seemingly paradoxically, Padgett’ was also a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gresham, OR. Known for being quiet, Padgett was “highly regarded for his spirituality” by church Elders.
Elder Earl Milliron told NBC.
“I just can’t believe it. He was very quiet, very serious about his church.”
Despite his strong conservative leanings, obsession with guns, and mission to kill in the name of God, Padgett is white — so white, in fact, that neither he, nor his easy access to guns are to blame. “It was rather tragic, the breakup of the family, and that took a heavy toll on his dad,” said Milliron.
Padgett’s family released a statement saying that they are “horrified” by Jared’s actions. ““We are finding it very difficult to put into words our state of mind and emotions,” wrote Michael Padgett, Jared’s father. “We are at a loss as to how and why this tragedy unfolded. Our family does not condone and has never promoted violence or hatred toward anyone,” he continued. “The values that we have taught our children are love in Jesus Christ, compassion, forgiveness, and patience.”
All weapons and ammunition used were kept in the family home.
Learn more about Padgett’s motivations in the video below.
h/t: Raw Story