Oregon shooting: Gunman handed box to survivor, student says – CNN
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Investigators found 6 guns at school, 7 at shooter’s home
Stacy Boylan, whose daughter Anastasia was injured in the shooting, said she told him the gunman “gave somebody a box, somebody who lived, and said, ‘You gotta deliver this.’ ”
Boylan said he doesn’t know what was in it.
“Somebody has a box. I don’t know what that’s about,” he said.
The shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg left nine people dead and nine more injured Thursday.
Authorities confirmed the shooter, identified as Chris Harper-Mercer, handed out something during the shooting.
He gave his writings to a survivor and told the person to give them to police, law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said. They could not confirm whether the writings were in a box.
The writing portrayed the shooter as identifying with perpetrators of past shooting rampages, investigators said, including Elliot Rodger, who killed six people last year in Santa Barbara, California.
Harper-Mercer expressed frustration that other mass killers did not take on police and vowed he would kill them along with others, law enforcement officials said.
The nine victims ranged in age from 18 to 67, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said.
Those killed are Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; Lucas Eibel, 18; Jason Dale Johnson, 34; Lawrence Levine, 67; and Sarena Dawn Moore, 44.
Ages of Umpqua’s students vary widely. Of its 13,600 students, the average age was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year.
13 firearms found
Investigators found 13 firearms connected to the shooter, said Celinez Nunez of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Five pistols and one rifle were found at the college, where the shooter died Thursday after a gunbattle with police. It is not clear if police shot Harper-Mercer or if he turned a weapon on himself.
Police searched his apartment and found two pistols, four rifles and a shotgun, she said.
All the guns were legally obtained by the shooter or family members over the past three years through a federally licensed firearms dealer, she said.
A flak jacket was found next to a rifle at the school with five magazines of ammunition, Nunez said. Additional ammunition was found at the residence.
‘He was a little odd’
Authorities are not providing a motive …Read More