Officials say a North Texas high school shooter died in prison.


NEW BOSTON, TEXAS — Officials revealed Wednesday that a 20-year-old guy who opened fire at Italy High School in Ellis County in 2018 has died in a Texas prison.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Chad Padilla was discovered unconscious in his cell early Monday.

Prison staff attempted to save his life and he was transported to the unit’s medical centre. According to officials, paramedics arrived and pronounced Padilla deceased.


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Padilla was residing at the Telford unit in the northeast Texas town of New Boston.

Padilla’s death was reported to the state Office of Inspector General by prison officials. All inmate deaths in Texas are investigated by the inspector general’s office.

The cause of Padilla’s death has not been disclosed.

In 2019, Padilla was sentenced to 40 years in prison on attempted capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.

Padilla was 16 when he entered the busy cafeteria of his high school and shot a 15-year-old female classmate six times, officials said. She was saved.

Padilla was later declared an adult in court and convicted the following year.



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Students informed WFAA that they had complained to school officials about Padilla before to the shooting. Padilla once flung scissors at a classmate.

Padilla was scheduled to be eligible for release after serving a 20-year jail sentence.

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