“I will not name the shooter:” Officials say 26-year-old Oregon gunman had body armor, heavily armed

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ROSEBURG, Oregon -- 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.

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

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 shooter Chris Harper Mercer had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition -- enough for a prolonged gunfight.

The Associated Press is reporting a student at the college says the gunman shot her teacher -- and asked others in her classroom about their religion before spraying more bullets.

Oregon Community College Shooting

Oregon shooting

18-year-old Kortney Moore of Rogue River tells the Roseburg News-Review newspaper that she was in a writing class at Umpqua 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.

Cassandra Welding is a student at the Roseburg campus and was in class when the shooting started.

"I heard a popping noise, almost like a balloon popping," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I knew something wasn't right and so I get down."

Students hug after a shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday.  http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33566342-75/13-reported-dead-20-injured-in-shooting-at-umpqua-community-college-in-roseburg-male-gunman-dead.html.csp

Oregon shooting

She said all of the students in her classroom dropped to the ground. They huddled together behind backpacks and chairs, underneath tables.

"We locked the doors, turned off the lights, and we were all pretty much in panic mode," Welding said.

"We called 911 and called our parents, our loved ones ... We didn't know what was going to happen, if those were our last words or not."

The shooting

The shooting appears to have started in one building before the gunman moved to the school's science building, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. Those killed and wounded were found in at least two classrooms.

"We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized," said Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler.

The scene after a shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday.  http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33566342-75/13-reported-dead-20-injured-in-shooting-at-umpqua-community-college-in-roseburg-male-gunman-dead.html.csp

Oregon shooting

He told CNN that two patients died while being transported to a hospital.

Mercy Medical Center posted on Facebook that it had received 10 patients. The extent of their injuries was not known.

Three female victims were at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It wasn't immediately clear why the hospitals' numbers conflicted with the figure provided by Sheriff Hanlin.

A law enforcement official told CNN three pistols and one rifle believed to have belonged to the suspect were recovered at the scene.

ATF agents were also on scene and canine teams were en route to search for explosives, fire arms casings and ammunition, a spokesman said. FBI agents were en route.

The community

Roseburg is a city of about 22,000 people about 70 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland.

The school itself is up on a hill outside the city center, according to Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst who lives nearby. Francona said that logging is a big industry in the region, which is fairly rural but easily accessible from Interstate 5.

"This is so out of character for this whole area," he said.

News of the shooting quickly reached Washington, with the state's senior senator, Ron Wyden, visibly shaken and Sen. Jeff Merkley tweeting that he was praying for the victims and their families.

U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation and will continue to receive updates throughout the day.

Authorities were "responding to reports of an active shooter" Thursday morning at the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Oregon shooting

He pushed for a change in gun laws when he spoke to reporters about the shooting Thursday.

"Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this," he said.

The President continued: "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America -- next week, or a couple months from now."

The school

A picturesque campus in the North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College prides itself on a "a peaceful, safe atmosphere, and year-round recreational activities," according to its website.

It's not a traditional institution of higher learning, as the average age of its 13,600 students was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year. Only 740 of those were full time, 2,437 were part time and more than 10,000 fell under the umbrella of "community education."

Oregon shooting

Oregon shooting

It first began teaching classes out of rented facilities in 1961. Elton and Ruth Jackson donated 98.5 acres to house the campus in 1965.

The school will be closed until Monday as a result of the shooting.

The interim leader of Umpqua Community College called Thursday "the saddest day in the history of the college."

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46 comments

  • CYNIC

    Oh look, a gun free zone in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. RIP to the unfortunate victims.

      • Bill

        In D0Ng’s world there are zero drug related shootings that involve marijuana. That isn’t the real world, which makes D0NG mentally ill or stupid. I think it might be a little of both.

    • Mo

      Koran says that 9 yr old girls can be wives for all men. When an EU country has Islamic law, then they can convert a Christian or a Jew through marriage.

  • DS Nox

    Lets look at the shooter first and then Gun control, The shooter was Muslim and was asking people to stand up and say their religion. Obama needs to be honest about supporting Muslims.

    “In the winds of change I will stand with them (Muslims).” ~Barrack Obama

      • Mel

        So now us pagans are bad!? You idiot. Just cause people dabble in the old religion doesn’t mean they are practicing, or even classified as a pagan. And we are peaceful, spiritual people that some nut has now tarnished our rep with!? Unacceptable. As a Wiccan I am against forcing anyone to be just like me, it’s free will, we don’t go forcing people to convert or ever mention it. Stupid ignorant shooter, glad he’s dead, but so sorry for the unwarranted and horrific loss of life here. My heart goes out to the people and their families and may they be comforted by the divine in this terrible time.

  • Michael smith

    The Koran is very specific if your not Islamic you are the enemy. And jehad is what you are supposed to do as a good Muslim.

  • me

    The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

  • Sue

    Another left wing hate filled anti-christian shooter. Gabby Giffords was shot by a leftist
    as have been many others.

  • Frank

    Add up the “mass shootings” and they don’t even begin to fill a drop in the bucket to the daily murders
    in the inner-cities. This guy was a satanist and leftist p.o.s.

  • Steve Andrews

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    “You darkeners of counsel, who would make the property, lives and religion of millions depend on the evasive interpretations of musty parchments; who would send us to antiquated charters of uncertain and contradictory meaning, to prove that the present generation are not bound to be victims to cruel and unforgiving despotism, tell us whether our pious and generous ancestors bequeathed to us the miserable privilege of having the rewards of our honesty, industry, the fruits of those fields which they purchased and bled for, wrested from us at the will of men over whom we have no check.

    “Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, What should be the reward of such sacrifices? Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, and supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth?

    “If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom – go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

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  • Steve Andrews

    SAM ADAMS —- THE FIRST TEA PARTIER!

    MORE THAN JUST A GREAT YANKEE BEER!

    TAX HATER SAMUEL ADAMS, ON A ROLL AND ARMED TO THE TEETH, AUGUST, 1776…..

    “You darkeners of counsel, who would make the property, lives and religion of millions depend on the evasive interpretations of musty parchments; who would send us to antiquated charters of uncertain and contradictory meaning, to prove that the present generation are not bound to be victims to cruel and unforgiving despotism, tell us whether our pious and generous ancestors bequeathed to us the miserable privilege of having the rewards of our honesty, industry, the fruits of those fields which they purchased and bled for, wrested from us at the will of men over whom we have no check.

    “Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, What should be the reward of such sacrifices? Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, and supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth?

    “If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom – go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

    =====================================

    “Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Dismissing, therefore, the justice of our cause, as incontestable, the only question is, What is best for us to pursue in our present circumstances?”

    =====================================

    “It does not take a majority to prevail….but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

    =====================================

    “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”

    =====================================

    “The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

    =====================================

    START A PRAIRIE FIRE!

    START A TEA PARTY TSUNAMI!

    START A TAXPAYER REBELLION AGAINST THE TAX-EATERS!

    SHARE THESE SENTIMENTS WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS, TODAY! $

  • Jim in ZOG Amerika

    Absolutely a Muslim shooter. The proof is as follows:
    The shooter’s demands to know the religion of his victims.
    Executing the Quran’s Sword Verses on killing “infidels.” And, most importantly…
    COWARDLY officials and PC media, fearing to reveal the Muslim’s name, so as not to arouse “racism,” “Islamophobia,” and “intolerance.”

    When are Whites and Christians going to shake off the chains of Political Correctness and take back the national narrative of what is allowable and what is not? We’ve wasted over 50 years, and destroyed generations, on Jewish social engineering schemes. It’s past time to rebuke, repudiate, and repeal them. Including forcible expulsion of Muslims, mosques, and all of their alien kulture from the U.S.

    If White race cowards want to project their delusions on Muslims in America and defend them, then expel them to the Muslim country of their choice. The great tidal forces of History demand nothing less at this point. Either White America saves itself or, all is lost and, America fulfills its slow suicide.

    • Mr. D.

      I fully agree . The P.C. is getting deep in a lot of the other comments I’ve been reading. You have it correct. Actions speak louder than anything else. The proof is a lot of dead Christians. Why aren’t we advocating for genuinely endangered Christian refugees from war zones rather than Muslims?

  • s

    AND WHY DID THEY NOT WANT TO NAME THE SHOOTER….because he was a muslim! this way obama didn’t have to make a statement to this fact

  • Harry Rainey

    Too bad that students didn’t know that there is a readily available weapon found in every classroom that can be used in a defensive manner. It’s called a dry chemical fire extinguisher or CO2 fire extinguisher strictly a close range weapon. Dry chemical shot in the face blinds shooter and with one swinging blow to the head, the metal bottle would shatter the man’s skull. CO2 shot in the face close up freezes eyeballs instantly and use bottle to crush his skull. Hat’s off to soldier who rushed the dirt bag, had he used a fire extinguisher as a club, it may have ended the massacre.

  • Harry Rainey

    There is a product out there that should be indoctrinated into every school and college to protect from a active shooter called the Barracuda Intruder Defense. Hiding behind a book bag won’t save you but this product might. Schools charge a fortune for education, they need to spend a little to save their students. Barracuda Intruder Defense System: https://youtu.be/sJ19_qYPuyM

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    After all, if he was White EVERYBODY would know everything about him, like Hunt. But the fact that he was a Halfrican (Mulatto? Hispanic/African?) causes the authorities to protect him and his family (Which they never did to Zimmerman or Wilson) is the real tell.

    We are Eloi, a nation of sheep, so terrified to even point out racial differences in crime rates that we call the “Hate Facts”.

  • georgevreelandhill2010

    The only people who have guns in gun free zones are criminals.
    However, I want guns banned.
    However, it’s too late.
    America is too far gone.
    I’m thankful I grew up in a better time.
    I feel sorry for the rest of you.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Barry

    The shooter’s mother is a Black Muslim. He is biracial like Obama, so it is understandable that Obama feels for him, since in his book, Dreams of my Father, he stated that biracial marriages put stress upon the child.

  • Truth Hertz

    Colorless people are an international plague. An innately dumb group who are to stupid to read. This mut clearly stated he was conservative and followed no religion. Yet the colorless idiots are calling him a Muslim. I think all religions, especially Christianity, are for cowards that deflect their flaws to an external devil when the devil was and always within.

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