Sheriff says 10 dead in Oregon college shooting

The scene of an active shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oct. 1, 2015 (COURTESY: NRTODAY.COM)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – The latest on the deadly shooting Thursday at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

7:55 p.m.

Residents have gathered at a Roseburg, Oregon, park for a vigil for the victims of a deadly mass shooting.

The crowd gathered around 8 p.m. at Stewart Park in the city about 180 miles south of Portland. Many people held up candles as the hymn “Amazing Grace” was played.

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7:30 p.m.

An Oregon sheriff is praising law enforcement officers for their heroic actions during a deadly mass shooting at a community college. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says at least two officers responded to the rampage within minutes and exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

Authorities say the 26-year-old gunman killed nine people Thursday.

The gunman died after the shootout with officers.

Hanlin says he won’t be speaking the shooter’s name. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act,” he said.

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7:20 p.m.

A neighbor of the man who went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college says he “seemed really unfriendly.”

Bronte Hart lived below 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer in the community of Winchester. She says Mercer would “sit by himself in the dark in the balcony with this little light.”

Hart says a woman she believed to be Mercer’s mother also lived upstairs and was “crying her eyes out” Thursday. Mercer was identified as the man who opened fire at Umpqua Community College, killing nine people.

He then died after exchanging gunfire with responding officers.

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7:10 p.m.

A government official says the man who opened fire at an Oregon community college was 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.

The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and provided the name on condition of anonymity.

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6:40 p.m.

Federal authorities say the gunman is among the 10 people killed in a shooting at an Oregon college.

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5:45 p.m.

Officials at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon say four people injured in a deadly mass shooting remain hospitalized there but are expected to survive. Dr. Jason Gray, chief medical officer, says three other patients were transferred to a hospital in Springfield.

Gray says one of the four people still at Mercy Medical Center is in critical condition and the others are stable.

He says some of the victims who were taken to the hospital suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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5:05 p.m.

A sheriff says 10 people were killed in a shooting at an Oregon community college. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says 10 dead and another seven injured is the “best, most accurate information we have at this time.”

Earlier, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people were killed in the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

It’s unclear what led to the discrepancy. Hanlin has said the gunman died after a shootout with police. He didn’t clarify whether the shooter was included in the 10 fatalities.

Hanlin says three people who were critically injured in the shooting have been transferred to hospitals in the Eugene area.

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4:45 p.m.

The sheriff overseeing the investigation of an Oregon college shooting has been vocal in opposing state and federal gun-control legislation. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin registered his opposition this year as state lawmakers considered requiring background checks on private, person-to-person gun sales.

Hanlin told a legislative committee in March that a background-check mandate wouldn’t prevent criminals from getting firearms.

He said the state should combat gun violence by cracking down on convicted criminals found with guns, and by addressing people with unmanaged mental health issues.

Hanlin also sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, after the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. Hanlin said he and his deputies would refuse to enforce new gun-control restrictions “offending the constitutional rights of my citizens.”

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4:35 p.m.

A student at an Oregon community college where a deadly mass shooting happened says she was in a writing class when her teacher got a call from security saying the school was on lockdown. Hannah Miles is a 19-year-old freshman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

She says she heard gunshots from a neighboring classroom Thursday, and her teacher and fellow students huddled together in their locked classroom.

She says they heard footsteps outside, and a man’s voice call out to them, “Come on out, come on out.” They remained quiet and didn’t open the door.

Miles says police soon arrived. And after students were convinced they were indeed officers, they opened the door.

Miles says seeing the officers was “like a huge burden had been lifted.”

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4:10 p.m.

Royals left-hander Jeremy Guthrie says he’s keeping his Oregon hometown in his prayers after a mass shooting at a local community college. Guthrie was born in Roseburg and lived there until he was 12. But he moved just 100 miles away and visited there often after he left. His father sold cars in the community for about 20 years.

“I used to ride around that entire town on my bicycle,” he said before the Royals faced the White Sox in Chicago. “When we went somewhere, we jumped on our bikes and rode down to the shoe store, the mall, and as such you got to know people.”

Guthrie says he has several cousins, aunts and uncles who still live in the Roseburg area.

“Certainly in those smaller towns everybody knows each other, so I’m sure there are many people that are directly feeling the pain today,” he said.

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4 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is predicting investigators will find that a semi-automatic or automatic weapon was used in the Oregon college shooting.

Biden is speaking at a global summit in New York. He says it’s still too early to know all the details, but he’s basing his guess on the large number of people killed and injured.

The vice president is renewing his call for what he describes as “sane gun legislation.” He says the Second Amendment doesn’t allow someone to own a bazooka.

Biden says there’s almost nothing worse than getting a phone call saying, “Your child is gone.” He’s alluding to his own son’s brain cancer death earlier this year.

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3:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. is becoming numb to mass shootings and says their perpetrators have “sickness” in their minds.

He says thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in these situations because they don’t do anything to stop similar acts from happening in the next week or a few months later.

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3:20 p.m.

Hospitals are reporting they have received at least 13 patients from the shooting at Umpqua Community College in southwestern Oregon.

Monique Danziger, a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, says three women, ages 18-34, were flown to the hospital from Roseburg. She says their conditions were not available.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has at least 10 patients. Their conditions were also not available.

A spokeswoman at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland says they hadn’t heard of any patients transported there, but said that could change.

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3:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama will make a statement on the deadly mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

The White House says the statement is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. EST in the press briefing room.

Obama last addressed a deadly mass shooting in June, when nine parishioners were killed at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

At the time, Obama said the shootings showed the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.

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3 p.m.

Officials at high schools in an around an Oregon city where a mass shooting took place say they’re preparing to support people affected by the killings.

Sutherlin High School Principal Justin Huntley says his school has counselors available to students after the deadly rampage Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Sutherlin is about 13 miles north of that city.

Authorities say a 20-year-old gunman killed 13 people and injured at least 20 at the college campus.

Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent Gerry Washburn says a large number of Roseburg High School students go straight to Umpqua Community College after graduation.

“It’s a small, tight community, and there is no doubt that we will have staff and students that have family and friends impacted by this event,” Washburn said. “We’re just trying to get ready to support them.”

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2:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says of the deadly shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, that it’s beyond her comprehension that “we are seeing these mass murders happen again and again and again.”

Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College left 13 dead and 20 injured.

Clinton said after a Dorchester, Massachusetts, campaign event that the nation needs to “get the political will to do everything we can to keep people safe.”

A patient is wheeled into the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy was under extreme stress dealing with victims from the shooting at Umpqua Community College and regular patient admittances. (AARON YOST/THE NEWS-REVIEW)
A patient is wheeled into the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy was under extreme stress dealing with victims from the shooting at Umpqua Community College and regular patient admittances. (AARON YOST/THE NEWS-REVIEW)

She says there’s a way to have sensible gun control measures that keep firearms out of the wrong hands and save lives. The former secretary of state says she’s committed to doing everything she can to achieve that.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is receiving regular briefings from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which have agents at the scene.

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2:10 p.m.

A student at the Oregon community college where a mass shooting occurred says the gunman shot her teacher and asked others in her classroom about their religion before spraying more bullets.

Eighteen-year-old Kortney Moore of Rogue River tells the Roseburg News-Review newspaper that she was in a writing class at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg on Thursday when a shot came through a window.

The gunman entered her classroom and told people to get on the ground.

Moore says the man started asking people to stand up and state their religion and then opened fire.

The shooting left 13 people dead and at least 20 injured.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says authorities responded and exchanged gunfire with the man. He says the shooter died at the scene, but he didn’t say whether the man killed himself or was shot by police.

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2 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the gunman in a deadly mass shooting at a community college was a 20-year-old man.

Authorities say the man is dead after killing 13 people and injuring at least 20 others at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says authorities received calls from the college at about 10:30 a.m. reporting an active shooter in one of the classrooms.

Officers responded and found the gunman on campus. Hanlin says they exchanged gunfire with the man, and he died in or near a classroom.

Hanlin didn’t say whether the gunman killed himself or was killed by police.

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1:47 p.m.

Authorities say the man who opened fire on an Oregon community college campus is dead.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a Thursday news conference that offers exchanged gunfire with the shooter and that “he is deceased.”

Hanlin didn’t say whether the shooter was killed by officers or took his own life.

Authorities say 13 people were killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

1:30 p.m.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says 13 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a community college in the rural city of Roseburg.

The shooting happened Thursday morning on the campus of Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland.

Authorities said earlier that at least seven people were dead. More than 20 other people were injured.

Andrea Zielinski, spokeswoman for Douglas County sheriff’s office, says the threat to the school has subsided. She declined to say whether the gunman was taken into custody or killed.

Meanwhile, the FBI says it’s sending teams to Roseburg to assist.

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1:05 p.m.

The former president of an Oregon community college where a gunman opened fire, killing at least seven people, says the school has only one security officer on duty at a time, and that person isn’t armed.

Joe Olson retired in June from his position as president of Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg.

He says last year, one of the biggest debates on campus was whether the school should have armed security officers. He says the college had three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years, “but you can never be prepared for something like this.”

Olson says he suspects Thursday’s shooting will start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare for something like this.

Authorities say the gunman killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 others.

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12:50 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed by his homeland security adviser on a deadly mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

At the president’s request, he’ll continue to receive updates throughout the day.

Authorities say the shooting Thursday at Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 others.

A Douglas County sheriff’s spokeswoman says the threat has subsided, but she declined to say whether the gunman was taken into custody or killed.

The sheriff’s office says students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says he’s “absolutely heartbroken” about the shooting. Merkley says he’s been in touch with local officials to express his condolences and offer assistance.

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12:40 p.m.

The congressman who represents the southwest Oregon city where a mass shooting happened at a community college says the incident is a “heartbreaking tragedy.”

Authorities say the shooting Thursday at Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 others.

Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio said in a statement that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. He also expressed gratitude for the first responders.

DeFazio says once he knows more about what happened, he plans to work with his colleagues in Congress to find ways to prevent such tragedies.

Andrea Zielinski, spokeswoman for Douglas County Sheriff’s office, says the threat at the college has subsided. However, she wouldn’t say whether the gunman was taken into custody or was killed.

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12:30 p.m.

A sheriff’s spokesman says the threat has subsided following a mass shooting at a southwest Oregon community college.

Authorities say the shooting Thursday at Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 more.

Andrea Zielinski, spokeswoman for Douglas County Sheriff’s office, says there’s “no more threat.” However, she wouldn’t say whether that meant the shooter had been arrested or was killed.

Roseburg is about 180 miles south of Portland.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the school wasn’t immediately returned.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say at least seven people are dead and 20 others are injured after a shooting at a southwest Oregon community college.

The shooting happened at Umpqua (UMP’-kwah) Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland.

State Police Lt. Bill Fugate tells KATU-TV that seven to 10 people were killed and at least 20 others were injured.

A photographer for the Roseburg News-Review newspaper says he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to a local hospital.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the school wasn’t immediately returned.

The Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also didn’t immediately returned calls from The Associated Press seeking additional details.

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11:35 a.m.

Authorities are reporting multiple casualties in a shooting at a community college in southwestern Oregon.

In a tweet Thursday, the local fire district advised people to stay away from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. The city is about 180 miles south of Portland.

The fire district later reported there were multiple casualties but released no further details.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the school wasn’t immediately returned.

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11:30 a.m.

Authorities are responding to a report of an active shooter at a community college in southwestern Oregon.

In a tweet Thursday, the local fire district advised people to stay away from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. The city is about 180 miles south of Portland.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the school wasn’t immediately returned.

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