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Gunman Kills Nine People At Oregon Community College

Nine people were shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, according to the Oregon attorney general

Oct 01, 2015 at 2:40 PM ET

A gunman killed nine people and wounded seven others after he opened fire at a community college in rural Oregon on Thursday, according to authorities.

Initial reports contained conflicting details, with some saying seven to 10 people had been killed at Umpqua Community College in the Roseburg area, and others reporting as many as 15 dead. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said that at least 13 people were killed and another 20 injured, the Associated Press reported.

The gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was killed after exchanging gunfire with police at the school, said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

“The shooter is deceased,” Hanlin said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon. He provided few additional details, saying that the investigation was ongoing.

Officers responded to the shooting at the campus at around 10:40 a.m., Sgt. Dwes Hutson, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told the Oregonian. Around 3,000 students attend the college, which is just outside of Roseburg, a small timber community that is about 170 miles south of Portland.

 

The incident marks at least the 142nd school shooting in the U.S. since Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults inside Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.

While Oregon is one of a handful of states that permits concealed firearms on campus, Umpqua Community College has a campus-wide ban on guns, the website Ammoland reported.

As details surrounding the shooting remained murky, many people took to social media to express grief, outrage and anger over the news of another mass shooting in the United States.

Thursday’s shooting also sparked a fierce debate on Twitter about gun control in the United States.