LA: Gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, 13 Killed

WorldLA: Gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon,...

LOS ANGELES, Oct 1 (APP/Reuters) – A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a
community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some
20 others, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school,
officials and local media said.
There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties
and wounded at Umpqua Community College. The state’s attorney
general told the local NBC affiliate that 13 people had been
slain, 20 wounded and the shooter was killed.
The suspect was not identified but CNN reported it was a man
in his late 20s.
Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice said the shooting
left about 30 casualties, but he could not immediately say how
many of those people died and how many were injured.
The shooting is the latest incident of gun violence in the
United States, raising demands for more gun control and more
effective treatment of the mentally ill. Recent episodes of gun
violence include the massacre of nine people at a South Carolina
church last spring and the killing of five U.S. servicemen in
Chattanooga, Tennessee.
CNN reported that one of the wounded was a female who had
been shot in the chest. The Oregonian said that at least six
patients were critically injured in the shooting, citing an
official with Life Flight.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office said on Facebook that
officers had responded to a shooting at the college following
911 calls at 10:38 a.m. local time (1738 GMT).
Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg said on Facebook that the
hospital had received nine patients from the shooting and had
been advised that three more were en route.
“Please continue to pray,” the hospital said.
Local media reported that authorities were combing through
the campus, which serves more than 13,000 students, 3,000 of
them full-time. Fall term began at the college on Monday.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said students and
faculty members were being bused to the nearby fairgrounds where
they could be picked up.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting by Lisa
Monaco, his homeland security adviser, a White House official
The FBI said agents were responding from offices in Medford,
Eugene, Salem and Portland.
The Oregonian said agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also en route to Roseburg,
a city of about 20,000 people some 260 miles (418 km) south of
In 2012, seven students at the small Christian college Oikos
University in Oakland, California, were shot dead by a former
student, marking the deadliest outburst of violence at U.S.
college since April 2007, when a student at Virginia Tech
University killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before taking
his own life.

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