Oregon Shooting at Umpqua College Kills as Many as 13, Official Says – New York Times
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Live updates on the shooting in Oregon can be found here.
A 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a community college in this rural part of southern Oregon, on Thursday, killing as many as 13 and wounding at least 20 others, officials said. The gunman died after an exchange of gunfire with the police.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general put the death toll at 13. The spokeswoman, Kristina Edmunson, said that the attorney general, Ellen F. Rosenblum, had been briefed by law enforcement officials. Ms. Edmunson said it was not clear how many people had been injured, though other officials have put the number at 20.
“We are just heartbroken here in Oregon that an act of this magnitude has occurred in our state,” Ms. Rosenblum told MSNBC. She cautioned that the situation was still developing.
The shooting occurred at Umpqua Community College, which has about 3,000 students, in a rural community about three hours south of Portland. The first calls came in at 10:38 a.m., local officials said, and the college was put on lockdown as a number of law enforcement agencies responded.
A student, Brady Winder, 23, who moved to Roseburg from Portland three weeks ago, said he was in a room in Snyder Hall adjacent to where at least one shooting took place.
“I heard at least nine shots,” he said.
“There’s a door connecting our classroom to that classroom, and my teacher was going to knock on the door,” Mr. Winder said. “But she called out, `Is everybody O.K.?’ and then we heard a bunch more shots. We all froze for about half a second.”
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“We heard people screaming next door,” he said. “And then everybody took off. People were hopping over desks, knocking things over.”
All the classrooms in the building open to the outdoors — there are no hallways, Mr. Winder said — and “as we were running away, I think there were more shots, but my brain was kind of panic mode, just focused on running as fast as I could.”
Another student, Cassandra Welding, was also in a classroom adjacent to the shooting and said she watched as a fellow student opened a connecting door, only to be shot.
“We locked the doors, turned off the lights. …Read More