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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Multiple fatalities (15 Dead), wounded as gunman opens fire at Oregon college

Thu Oct 1, 2015 | 4:05 PM EDT Click here for Affordable Homes & Foreign Investment Opportunities in Adelaide, South Australia Multiple fatalities, wounded as gunman opens fire. (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing several people and wounding others, county officials and local media reported, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school. There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded. An official with the Douglas County local government told Reuters that 15 people had been killed in the rampage at Umpqua Community College. CNN reported at least 10 people had died. The Portland Oregonian newspaper and CNN reported that a suspect had been taken into custody following the shooting, citing Douglas County officials. That suspect was not identified but CNN reported he was in his late 20s. 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. Shooter at Oregon college killed, state attorney general says: NBC affiliate 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. 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. Related Coverage Obama briefed on Oregon community college shooting: White House The paper said agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were en route to Roseburg, a city of about 20,000 people some 260 miles (418 km) south of Portland. 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. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle, Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker) ============================= A shooting at Umpqua Community College in Douglas County, Oregon has claimed at least 13 lives. Many people are reported to be injured. The suspected gunman has been detained. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum said at least 13 people are killed, according to Portland's KGW. Eleven people have been transported to hospitals, Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler said in an interview on CNN. Two of those died at the hospital. Rosenbaum said that 20 people were wounded total. Police say there is no threat any more, with the shooter being detained. Other outlets have reported the shooter is "down." A tweet at 10:45 a.m. said that there was an active shooter at the college. Umpqua Community College allows students to carry guns on campus. The State of Oregon allows people with concealed weapon permits to bring concealed guns onto campus as well. Students were moved off campus by authorities, with bag checks and patdowns occuring before they were allowed to leave. The shooter was reported to be in custody around 11:30 a.m. local time. The shooting is believed to have taken place in the college's science building. Students were reportedly bussed away from the college to the Roseburg fairgrounds. Umpqua Community College has 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students. It is located about six miles from the town of Roseburg, Oregon.

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