Ten killed in shooting at Ore. community college – USA TODAY
A woman is comforted as friends and family wait for students at the local fairgrounds after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.(Photo: Ryan Kang, AP)
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Ten people were killed and another seven injured Thursday after a 26-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at a community college here in southern Oregon.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with officers at Umpqua Community College. Hanlin refused to name the killer, saying, “I will not give him the credit he probably wanted … for this cowardly act. You will never hear me mention his name.”
A federal law enforcement source identified the gunman as a local Oregon man, Chris Mercer.
Authorities were investigating whether Mercer, who is believed to have some connection to the school, specifically targeted victims, rather than engaging in random gunfire. It was immediately unclear whether the shooter fired multiple weapons or had multiple ammunition magazines to fuel his rampage.
The attack – the fourth shooting at a U.S. college campus since August – prompted a visibly angry President Obama to note that the USA is “the only advanced country on earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”
Speaking from the White House, Obama said the gunman was clearly troubled, but said, “It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”
Obama vowed to continue pushing new gun policies that he said would prevent further mass shootings.
“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up,” he said.
Rob Thomas, radio host with KQEN in Roseburg, OR. recounts the story of a friend who tried to warn others of the shooter.
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