MULTIPLE CASUALTIES REPORTED …
Multiple fatalities are being reported in connection with a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College – a school located approximately six miles north of Roseburg, Oregon.
The shooting was first reported to authorities at approximately 10:37 a.m. PDT – and initial reports indicate that ten people have been killed and another twenty wounded, several critically.
At least two of the victims died while being transported to area hospitals.
Also dead? The shooter, an as-yet-unidentified 20-year-old male.
“Students are running everywhere,” one witness tweeted during the rampage. “Holy God.”
What motivated the killer? It’s unclear, but police were reportedly investigating social media posts allegedly written by the gunman prior to the rampage.
“This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news,” he wrote. “I’m so insignificant.”
Meanwhile another witness told The Oregonian the shooter “asked people to stand up and state their religion” before he fired indiscriminately.
Finally, Oregon’s top federal prosecutor told reporters the shooter had issued “some sort of race-related manifesto.”
Home to roughly 750 full-time students (another 2,500 are part-time), Umpqua prides itself on providing a “a peaceful, safe atmosphere.”
That atmosphere was obviously shattered violently today, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragedy.
Of interest? Umpqua was a gun-free zone.
“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) … is prohibited on college property,” the school’s safety and security handbook noted.
Not only that, security guards on college campuses in Oregon are banned from carrying firearms.
For live updates from The Oregonian, click here.
UPDATE: And there we have it …
Another devastating shooting. We need sensible gun control measures to save lives, and I will do everything I can to achieve that. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 1, 2015