Oregon Shooting: 10 Dead Including Gunman at Umpqua Community College (Update: Gunman ID’d as Chris Harper Mercer)


Following the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 10 people are dead, including the gunman. According to accounts of the mass shooting, the gunman specifically targeted individuals who were Christians. As reported at CNN, the gunman asked whether individuals were Christians stating, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second. And then he shot and killed them.” The shooter has been identified as 26 year old Chris Harper Mercer. The gunman was killed in a gun battle with police after officers responded to the scene at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg just before 10:40 AM.

Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting.

Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put the number of people hurt much higher.

Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they said.

“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought.”

Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping the death toll from climbing higher.

A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for a prolonged gunfight.

Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on campus.

UPDATE I: Shooter asks students their religion.

The shooter at Umpqua Community College on Thursday asked people to state their religion and then started firing, one student said.

Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old, told the News Review she was sitting in her writing class when a bullet blasted through the window. She saw her teacher shot in the head then noticed that the shooter was in the classroom.

Moore said the shooter told people to get on the ground. He then asked people to stand up and state their religion but started firing anywhere. She was on the ground next to people who’d been shot.

UPDATE II: Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer — What We Know.

Former acquaintances and social-media postings paint a picture of 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer — who was killed in a firefight with police at Umpqua Community College — as a withdrawn young man who spent a lot of time on the Internet.

Public records show that one person of that name was born in Los Angeles County in 1989. Police declined to confirm the shooter’s identity late Thursday, in an attempt to not “glorify” the actions of the gunman behind a rampage that left 10 dead and seven others wounded.

Investigators said it was too soon to identify a motive, though Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told NBC’s TODAY he wasn’t aware of any “specific red flags” for the shooter.

“He is a local resident and I know personally I haven’t heard of any warning signs coming from this person,” Hanlon said.

A MySpace page that appeared to be linked to the shooter featured Mercer holding what appeared to be a rifle while several other postings were sympathetic to the Irish Republican Army and featured masked gunmen and logos.

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    6 Responses to “Oregon Shooting: 10 Dead Including Gunman at Umpqua Community College (Update: Gunman ID’d as Chris Harper Mercer)”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on October 2nd, 2015 10:30 am

      Just another crazy person who dislikes his station in life and wants to punish those around him for a reason known only to himself. He is crazy, not stupid, because he wanted to be able to affect all the schools in the area. When they didn’t follow his orders on social media, he took action.

      He picked a school he was familiar with that operated as a gun free zone where he knew he would have things all to himself for long enough to cause great damage.

      I am mad at school administrators and LE for not being pro-active in planning for events like this one. Our liberal school administrators think they know more than anyone regarding how to protect the students. This and other events like this have proven their thinking to be very flawed.

      It is time that the parents and grandparents take charge of the school safety programs and make the changes necessary to make them work.

    2. Tamikosmom on October 2nd, 2015 12:10 pm

      Unarmed security? Gun free zone? In other words … those students were sitting ducks. Am I to understand that Barack Obama’s security is unarmed?

      Former Ore. community college president says school only had one unarmed security guard on duty
      Published October 01, 2015

    3. kashekamon on October 2nd, 2015 12:24 pm

      Who kills Christians? Muslims!

      Who’s responsible for 911. Muslims!

      Who wants us to change our constitution to abide by their vengeful cult. Muslims!

      Who is helping obama destroy our country. Muslims!

      Who is profiting by having a muslim president. Muslims!

      Who are the 5 worse terrorists in the world released as prisoners by obama. Muslims!

      What group of brotherhood does obama belong to and support. Muslims!

      Who hijacks our planes. Muslims!

      We have a major problems having obamass as our leader, not only does he want the muslim population to takeover but the number of bombings and mass shootings have increased. By whom…… Muslims! The barbaric mindset! We live in a civilized nation and these people don’t belong here. They’re causing great harm.

    4. kashekamon on October 2nd, 2015 12:55 pm

      You can plan on Trump speaking out on this one! Again, muslims are a problem.

      obama will get on his bandwagon on gun control. muslims are going to supply each other with weapons. For all the more reason people will want to protect themselves by owning a gun. Muslims will stay armed while obama wants us to be defenseless. BS on that!

      obama seems to forget he is protected by those with guns.

      The muslims are uncontrolled with weapons and they are dangerous.

    5. A Texas Grandfather on October 2nd, 2015 9:42 pm

      The Sheriff is the top LE official in any county. It is his job to protect the public in all situations. When the sheriff allows a school that is supported by the tax payers to declare themselves to be a gun free zone he has abrogated his authority to a bunch of administrative wimps.

      One of the wounded in this shooting stood by himself to hold the door closed to keep the shooter out. By the grace of GOD he was not killed. If he had some help, the event would not have happened as it did. Instead there were a bunch of cowards that stood or cowered on the floor in fear while the shooter took time to ask questions before shooting them.
      A proper training program taught by the sheriff and the cancelling of the gun free zone would have saved most of those lives.

    6. 4 Students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, CA Arrested for Plotting to Shoot & Kill Fellow Students and Teachers | Scared Monkeys on October 4th, 2015 11:59 pm

      [...] Four Northern California high school students have been arrested in connection with what law enforcement officials called a highly detailed plan to shoot and kill fellow students and teachers, just days after a mass shooting on a community college campus in rural Oregon. [...]

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