By Joseph Hoyt, Sarah Kaplan and Eli Saslow,
Jenny Starrs / The Washington Post
ROSEBURG, Ore. — The gunman who cut a deadly path through a college campus appeared armed for an extended siege, according to investigators who are probing more deeply into suspicions the shooter may have been driven by religious rage and a fascination with the twisted notoriety of high-profile killers.
What is known so far about the attacker — identified by a U.S. law enforcement official as Chris Harper Mercer — appears mostly as loose strands that suggested an interest in firearms and the infamy gained by mass shooters.
Witnesses also said he seemed to seek specific revenge against Christians, and police examined Web posts that hinted of wider antipathy toward organized faith.
On Friday afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the nine victims who died:
●Lucero Alcaraz, 19, of Roseburg
●Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, of Roseburg
●Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, of Roseburg
●Lucas Eibel, 18, of Roseburg
●Jason Dale Johnson, 33, of Winston
●Lawrence Levine, 67, of Glide, a teacher
●Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, of Myrtle Creek
●Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, of Sutherlin
●Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, of Myrtle Creek
[Read about the lives of some of the victims]
An agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said at a news conference Friday that investigators had recovered 13 weapons, including six at the school. Also recovered there was a flak jacket with steel plates and five magazines of ammunition. The rest of the weapons, and more ammunition, were found at Mercer’s home. The weapons were acquired legally, she said.
But authorities still struggled to build a clearer picture of what drove the California-raised Mercer, 26, to stalk rural Umpqua Community College and methodically pick off students and professors Thursday on the fourth day of the fall semester.
When it was over, nine people were dead, plus Mercer, nine others had been injured and the college joined the mournful roster of America’s mass shooting sites — and the backdrop for the latest debate about gun control.
[Mercer left behind a portrait of a lonely youth with a grudge]
Thursday night, as police picked through Mercer’s apartment near campus, hundreds of people joined a candlelight vigil. Some sang along to “Amazing Grace” — the same hymn President Obama offered in June when Charleston was the focus of the nation& …Read More