BREAKING NEWS: Latest school shooting is at a community college.
by Don Harward, contributor
UPDATE 9:45, OCT 6: The 26-year-old shooter has been confirmed to have been enrolled in the class in which the shootings took place, as well as one other class at the college. He was one of the 10 fatalities in the incident, in which he allegedly killed nine of his classmates.
UPDATE 18:04, OCT. 1: Multiple media outlets including CBS News report the gunman has been identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, apparently not a student at Umpqua. However, earlier reports indicated the shooter was 20 years old, so this identification may also not be correct.
The town of Roseburg, Oregon is the latest community to suffer a senseless slaughter. Up to 10 community college students were killed in a campus shooting. At around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office received a call about an in-class shooting in progress at Umpqua Community College, according to USA Today.
An Oregon State Police spokesman told CNN that an additional 20 had been injured and the suspected gunman had been killed. Later reports scaled the number of injured down to seven. An eyewitness, Sara Mattison, reported seeing “A female student covered in blood, get into a car and leave the campus”— leaving open the possibility that the number of victims may grow.
Umpqua is a two-year school with about 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students, about the size of Valley College. The 100-acre campus is about six-miles outside of Roseburg in southwestern Oregon. Roseburg’s population is about 22,000, and the city is located about 180 miles from Portland.