Family and friends were reunited at a nearby fairgrounds after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.


October 1, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A 26-year-old man opened fire on a community college campus here in this southern Oregon city on Thursday morning in a rampage that left 10 people dead and wounded seven others, the authorities said.
Students described scenes of carnage concentrated in a public speaking class that was underway in a college humanities building, and people fleeing in panic from classrooms as they heard shots ring out nearby.
The police responded as the school, Umpqua Community College, went into lockdown, and the gunman died in an exchange of gunfire, law enforcement officials said.
With anxious parents waiting at a fairground near the campus and the police going from classroom to classroom, the authorities’ reports of the death toll varied throughout the day. At a 5 p.m. news conference, John Hanlin, the sheriff of Douglas County, said that he believed there were 10 dead, calling the toll the “best, most accurate information we have at this time.” He declined to say whether the gunman was included in the death toll.

Law enforcement officials Thursday night identified the gunman as Chris Harper Mercer, and said he had three weapons, at least one of them a long gun and the other ones handguns. It was not clear whether he fired them all. The officials said the man lived in the Roseburg area.
They said one witness told them that he asked about people’s religions before he began firing. “He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate,” one law enforcement official said.
State, local and national officials all expressed shock. Gov. Kate Brown said at a news conference that she felt “profound dismay and heartbreak.”
President Obama, angry and impassioned in comments at the White House, said that grief was not enough, and implored Americans “whether they are Democrats or Republicans or independents,” to consider their representatives’ stance on gun control when they voted and to decide “whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor.”

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