Tragedy Strikes As Unknown Gunman Descends Upon Oregon College!
A tragedy occurred in Oregon on Thursday October 1st, as a gunman opened fire at a community college. The shooter opened fire in a classroom located at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. The shooter reportedly went to other classrooms and gunned down multiple victims.
Police were alerted to the incident a little after 10:30a and rushed to the college where the shooting was still unfolding. The Sheriff of Douglas County, John Hanlin stated in a press conference:
“Upon arriving there they located the shooter in one of the buildings.”
Sheriff Hanlin added that the police exchanged fire with the shooter who was later confirmed dead from the ensuing fire.
The shooter was identified by Governor Kate brown as being a 20 year old male. It is still unknown if the gunman was a student at Umpqua Community College.
USA Today reports that:
“Kortney Moore, 18, told News Review-Today that she was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She said she saw her teacher get shot in the head.
The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing”
Local media is quoting emergency responders as saying that between seven and ten people were killed and at least 20 others were injured, although no official toll has been released to the public.
According to Sheriff Hanlin:
“There are confirmed injuries and there are confirmed fatalities…I’ve heard varying numbers and I don’t want to report on a number that is inaccurate.”
Fire Marshall Ray Shoufler said earlier:
“Most of us have relatives taking classes here. Pretty much everybody knows everybody type scenario”
Shoufler stated earlier that firefighters evacuated 11 injured from the college. Of those eleven, at least two have died.
We pray that you are with the families of the victims in today’s tragic shooting. To the families of those who were needlessly killed, we ask that you lay a hedge of protection over their loved ones and comfort them as they grieve. To those that are injured, we ask that you lay a heavy hand of healing upon them and allow them a quick recovery.
During this tragic time, we find ourselves confused and asking ourselves “why?” Give us clarification and the ability to keep a calm mind as the nation mourns over the tragedy of another school shooting.