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Oregon high school shooter's 'horrified and distraught' parents offer apology

Published on Jun 14, 2014 1:15 PM
Police officers stand on the sidewalk after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon on June 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PORTLAND, Oregon (REUTERS) - The parents of a teenage Oregon gunman accused of opening fire this week at his high school, killing a classmate before taking his own life, said they were "horrified and distraught" by their son's actions in their first public apology.

Jared Michael Padgett, 15, is accused of opening fire at Reynolds High School in the middle-class Portland suburb of Troutdale on Tuesday, killing 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging gun shots with police.

The shooting, the third outbreak of gun violence at a US high school or college campus in less than three weeks, drew the ire of President Barack Obama, who expressed frustration over the inability of Washington lawmakers to tighten gun control measures.

Padgett's parents, Michael and Kristina, wrote in a letter given to a local Fox affiliate: "We give our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the family, friends and the entire community and you have our sincerest apology".

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