Gunman in Oregon Shooting Was Armed With 6 Guns and Left 7 at Home – New York Times
ROSEBURG, Ore. — The man who killed nine people and severely wounded several others at a community college here went on his rampage armed with six guns, multiple extra ammunition magazines and a flak jacket, and left seven other firearms at home, law enforcement officials said Friday.
In all, the gunman had owned 14 firearms, said Celinez Nunez, an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, including one he had traded in. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said the gunman took five handguns and a rifle to Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning, and had two pistols, four rifles and a shotgun in his apartment.
“All 14 have been traced to a federal firearms dealer,” some bought by the gunman and others by members of his family, said Ms. Nunez, the assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle field office. “They were all purchased legally.”
“We also were able to recover a flak jacket lying next to the rifle at the school,” she said. “The jacket had steel plates, along with five magazines. An additional amount of ammunition was also recovered at the apartment.”
Officials on Friday described the gunman as an alienated young man who appeared to have a particular animus against religion. They said investigators were studying writings he left behind in which he described himself as angry and depressed.
“He seems to be someone who was very anti-organized religion and was suffering from all sorts of self-worth issues,” said a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. “It does not appear like he was part of some larger group.”
A day after the shooting added Umpqua Community College to the sad roster of schools struck by similar tragedies, people here mourned the dead, treated the injured, comforted the survivors and tried to make sense of the carnage in this corner of rural southwestern Oregon.
Family members of some survivors said their relatives told them that the gunman, identified as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, specifically targeted Christians. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed that.
“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them,” Stacy Boylan, father of Anastasia Boylan, 18, told CNN. “‘And if you’re a Christian, stand up.’ And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you& …Read More