Chris Harper Mercer, 26, has been identified as the shooter responsible for killing at least 10 people at a community college in southwest Oregon earlier Thursday.
The shooter opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon.
Police received a call at 10:38 a.m. local time saying there was an active shooter on campus. Roseburg (Ore.) Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar
The college is in Douglas County, Ore., 6 miles north of Roseburg, the county’s most populous city. Hanlin describes the area as a timber community with 107,000 people.
He says it’s a peaceful community, and UCC is the only higher education facility in the county.
Mercer was the man who opened fire at Umpqua Community College, where ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting.
Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters.
Earlier estimates had put the number of people hurt much higher.
The gunman singled out Christians for slaughter during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday, leaving at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.
One witness told The New York Times that she heard gunshots coming from outside her classroom.
She said a middle-aged woman then tried to close the door and prevent the shooter from getting inside, but she was shot by several rounds in the stomach.
People were scrambling “like ants” when the gunman opened fire at around 10:38 a.m., according to Brady Winder, a 23-year-old student from Portland.
The gunman “was just out there, hanging outside the door,” Cassandra Welding told the news
“and she slumped over and I knew something wasn’t right. And they’re like, ‘She got shot, she got shot.’ And everyone is panicking.”
“The shooter while reloading his handgun, was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” tweeted “@bodhilooney,”
who said her grandmother was inside the Umpqua Community College classroom that was the scene of the carnage.
“If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”
the incident was contained to one classroom.
“We’re trying to come up with what the beef was,”
Roseburg Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar said at the time.
“But there’s indication there was some problem at some level.”
The school year was off to an especially violent start even before Thursday’s senseless shooting at an Oregon community college: Just since August, there have been three shootings at college campuses across the nation.
The male shooter was killed by police in the melee, according to Douglas County (Ore.) Sheriff John Hanlin.
Four guns a combination of pistols and a rifle were found at the scene of the shooting.
Posts on an online blog that appears to belong to Mercer reference multiple shootings, including one in Virginia in August that left a television news reporter and cameraman dead.
The last upload on the blog was Wednesday. when a documentary about the Newtown shooting was posted.
In one post on the blog about Vester Flanagan, the man who killed the reporter and cameraman in Virginia, Mercer apparently wrote,
“I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are.
A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone.
His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day.
Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
President Obama issued a plea for greater gun control and bemoaned that America is
“the only advanced country on Earth who sees these kind of mass shooting every few months.”
“Each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough,”
he said Thursday evening.
“It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache, the grief and anger we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted in America.”
In a national address, Obama lamented that mass shootings have become routine in America.
“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances,” he said.
“But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that, and that’s terrible to say, and it can change.”