Death in a classroom: Oregon shooter targeted his English class – Los Angeles Times
The gunman who carried out the deadly attack at Umpqua Community College was a student in the same class as many of his nine victims: Writing 115, also called Introduction to Expository Writing.Authorities identified the dead on Friday and they, as well as friends and family, shared details about those lost.
Some were teenagers, trying to make their way toward four-year colleges. The oldest was their teacher, Larry Levine, 67, an assistant professor of English who taught part-time at Umpqua for many years so he could pursue his other passions – fly fishing on the Umpqua River and writing about the outdoor world he loved.In between there were mothers and fathers just looking to learn.
“This is one of the hardest things that anyone has to do,” C. Lance Colley, the city manager in tiny Roseburg, said when the victims were named. “Something that we hoped won’t happen anywhere, much less our community.”In addition to Levine, the slain victims were identified as Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; and Lucas Eibel, 18, all of Roseburg, Ore.; Jason Johnson, 33, of Winston, Ore.; Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, both of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; and Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, of Sutherlin, Ore.“We have been trying to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was,” Eibel’s family said in one of several statements officials read from families, “but that would take 18 years.”The gunman was described Friday as a “hate-filled” individual with anti-religion and white supremacist leanings who had long struggled with mental health issues, law enforcement sources said.Officials said Friday that they recovered 13 weapons linked to the shooter, identified as Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, 26. Six weapons were found at the college, seven were found during a search of his apatrtment—and all were legally purchased, officials said. During the Thursday rampage, Mercer wore body armor and had extra ammunition, although it was unclear whether he carried it during the shooting or left it in his car, a federal source said Friday. Mercer was killed in a gunfight with sheriff’s deputies.Mercer was armed with six legally purchased guns, extra ammunition and a flak jacket when he launched his deadly attack on a classroom — and had left seven other weapons at his home, officials said on Friday.Five handguns …Read More