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At least 9 people reported dead in shooting at Oregon college; gunman identified

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published October 1, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. Updated October 1, 2015 at 9:25 p.m.

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A patient is wheeled into the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore., after a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Shooting at Oregon community college

A deadly shooting rampage in Oregon has left at least 10 people dead.

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.

Mercer opened fire inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.

Earlier, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people had been killed. It was unclear what led to the discrepancy.

The college is in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland.

See Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full coverage.

EARLIER COVERAGE:

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least a dozen people before dying during a shootout with police, authorities said.

The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people are dead. It was not immediately clear whether that number also included the 20-year-old gunman.

State police Lt. Bill Fugate told KATU-TV that at least 20 others were hurt.

Authorities offered no immediate word on the gunman's motive and said they were investigating.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers. The sheriff did not say whether the shooter was killed by officers or took his own life.

"We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus," Umpqua Community College Foundation Executive Director Dennis O'Neill told the Roseburg News-Review.

A photographer for the newspaper said he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to the local hospital.

The school has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the college was not immediately returned.

Neither state police nor the sheriff's office returned calls seeking details.

The sheriff's office reported on Twitter that it received a call about the shooting at 10:38 a.m. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school.

Later in the day, students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds, the sheriff's office said.

Former Umpqua Community College President Joe Olson, who retired in June after four years, said the school had no formal security staff, just one officer on a shift.

One of the biggest debates on campus last year was whether to post armed security officers on campus to respond to a shooting.

"I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this," he said.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation by Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco. He was to continue receiving updates throughout the day.

The rural town of Roseburg lies west of the Cascade Mountains in an area where the timber industry has struggled. In recent years, officials have tried to promote the region as a tourist destination for vineyards and outdoor activities.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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hogfan2012 says... October 1, 2015 at 1:57 p.m.

Prayers for the wounded and for the victims' families and neighbors of the college during this terrifying time.

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tngilmer1954 says... October 1, 2015 at 2:25 p.m.

Gun Free Zones work perfectly ----------- at increasing the body count.

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BEARTRAP919 says... October 1, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.

Finally everyone realizes that Guns do not kill people, Mentally Challenged people with Guns kill people. All the Mental places are being shut down and underfunded, But there is still plenty of Money to fund the War Machine,

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BOLTAR says... October 1, 2015 at 3:07 p.m.

tngilmer08241414, do you realize what you just said? How can a shooting occur in a zone literally free of guns? Shootings can take place ONLY in zones where guns exist.

BEARTRAP 919, people with guns shoot people. We must separate killers from guns.

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BOLTAR says... October 1, 2015 at 3:17 p.m.

I agree with your point, BEARTRAP919, but mental illness is obviously not a prerequisite to gun death.

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Kharma says... October 1, 2015 at 3:27 p.m.

People can legally carry in Oregon except in gun free zones. Guns were not permitted on campus - a gun free zone.

People as well are not privileged to throw babies out of windows or beat the elderly with hammers, but some people do.

Those obeying the law apparently we're not armed while the murderer was.

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BOLTAR says... October 1, 2015 at 3:39 p.m.

The campus obviously was not a gun-free zone, because a killer brought a gun there and used the gun for its designed purpose. It was safe there until he did that.

Windows and hammers are not designed for the purpose of killing. Guns are.

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LR1955 says... October 1, 2015 at 3:50 p.m.

Boltar, your last post, you're splitting hairs. A gun free zone is on paper only, unless the zone is surrounded by a fence w/ metal detectors at entry points to the zone. You seem like a smart fellow but some of your rambling gets off track.

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BOLTAR says... October 1, 2015 at 3:59 p.m.

If you consider a statement of undeniable and relevant fact to be rambling, LR1995, you might be the one going astray from truth. .

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Kharma says... October 1, 2015 at 4:47 p.m.

Whatever Boltar.

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