Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians – CNN
The massacre on the Umpqua campus left 10 people dead and seven wounded
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Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father the gunman entered her classroom firing.
“I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” the gunman told the professor teaching the class. He shot him point blank, Boylan recounted.
Others were hit too, she told her family.
Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.
The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
Boylan, 18, was hit in the back by a bullet that traveled down her spine. While she lay bleeding on the floor, the gunman called out to her, “Hey you, blonde woman,” her mother said.
She played dead — and survived.
The massacre on the Umpqua campus Thursday left 10 people dead and seven wounded. The gunman also died, although it’s unclear whether he was shot by police or committed suicide. Also unclear is whether his death is included in the count of 10 killed.
Speaking to reporters Thursday night, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin refused to say who the shooter was.
“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought.”
Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the gunman as Chris Harper Mercer, 26.
One law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for a prolonged gunfight. Authorities recovered three pistols and one rifle at the scene, one official said.
Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping the death toll from climbing higher.
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The gunman’s death means officials will never definitively know what compelled him to carry out the attack at the Roseburg campus, about 180 miles south of Portland.
“He was a little odd, like sensitive to things,” said Rebecca Miles, who took a theater class with Mercer.
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