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20-year-old gunman kills 13 people on college campus after making victims state their religion

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The gunman who opened fire on students at Umpqua Community College Thursday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20 others, has been confirmed as dead.

State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and other officials earlier said 13 people were dead earlier in the day though that number may have been too hight.

'At this time, we are reporting and can confirm 10 fatalities in the shooting,' Douglas County sheriff's deputies, Sheriff John Hanlin said Wednesday evening. 

'This number is the best, most accurate information that we have at this time.'

Students at the scene described how the shooter asked people to stand and state their religions before he began firing, according to one eyewitness. 

Police search students outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg after Thursday's rampage 

Police search students outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg after Thursday's rampage 

Hannah Miles (center) is reunited with her sister Hailey Miles (left) and father Gary Miles (right) after the shooting

Hannah Miles (center) is reunited with her sister Hailey Miles (left) and father Gary Miles (right) after the shooting

A victim covered in a bloody blanket is seen being wheeled to an ambulance from the college campus

A victim covered in a bloody blanket is seen being wheeled to an ambulance from the college campus

More than 100 law enforcement officials were on the scene of the deadly shooting in rural Oregon 

More than 100 law enforcement officials were on the scene of the deadly shooting in rural Oregon 

 
Remote: The rural college is located 180 miles south of Portland, Oregon

Remote: The rural college is located 180 miles south of Portland, Oregon

 

Officials confirmed that the shooter, a 20-year-old man who was a student at the school, had been shot dead by police.

Dozens of police officers and detectives are still on the scene at the Oregon college where the mass shooting took place while school was in session.

Shortly after the shooting, President Obama addressed the nation demanding stronger gun laws, saying that the country has become 'numb' to these mass shootings.

The shooter would have had to obtain the four guns he had illegally as an individual must be 21-years-old to purchase a gun in the state of Oregon. 

Kortney Moore said she was in her writing class when a bullet went through the window. Soon after, the shooter was inside the room.

Moore said he told people to get on the ground and then would have his victims stand up and state their religion before shooting them dead.

The 18-year-old laid on the ground next to some of the victims but managed to make it out alive.

Gov. Brown’s spokeswoman Kristen Grainger confirmed that the shooter was a student at the school to ABC News.  

The station KATU reported, citing a school official, that gunfire erupted at Snyder Hall located in the English building on campus, which is comprised of about 16 auxiliary buildings.  

Douglass County Commissioner Chris Boice later confirmed that the shooter, 20, was now dead.

Authorities said that there doesn’t appear to be a link with international terrorism.

CNN reported the shooter posted a message on a social media account that indicated the incident was premeditated, and that he picked the campus as a ‘soft target.’

Reports from a police scanner recorded a dispatcher saying he was ‘exchanging gunshots right now with a shooter’ who was located in Snyder Hall. 

Brady Winder, 23, of Portland, was on campus when he described hearing a 'thud.'

He told The News-Review he then then heard a barrage of gunfire and saw students fleeing 'like ants.' 

One neighbor, who lives across the street, recalled to CNN hearing what they thought were ‘fireworks’.  

 
Friends and family are reunited with students at the local fairgrounds after the deadly shooting

Friends and family are reunited with students at the local fairgrounds after the deadly shooting

Students, staff and faculty are evacuated from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg shortly after the shooting

Students, staff and faculty are evacuated from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg shortly after the shooting

At least one injured woman was shot in the chest. The casualties were transported to different hospitals  

At least one injured woman was shot in the chest. The casualties were transported to different hospitals  

A girl is comforted shortly after being evacuated from Umpqua Community College

A girl is comforted shortly after being evacuated from Umpqua Community College

Police were checking students' backpacks as a precaution before busing them off campus 

Police were checking students' backpacks as a precaution before busing them off campus 

WARNING MESSAGE FROM 'SHOOTER POSTED ON EVE OF OREGON CAMPUS RAMPAGE FOUND ON ONLINE FORUM'

A warning message from the shooter who opened fire at an Oregon college allegedly appeared on an internet forum last night.

The message, which was posted anonymously on bulletin board 4Chan, read: 'Some of you guys are alright. Don't go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest.' 

The message continues 'happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning. so long space robots.'

The alleged post is no longer visible on the website - the cached version was first posted on Reddit after the shooting.

'Will post again in am, 10 min countdown. Won't say more to much to prepare,' the post continues.

Under the disturbing message several users advise the poster on the best ways to kill people.

One user wrote: 'I suggest you enter a classroom and tell people that you will take them as hostages. Make everyone get in one corner and then open fire.

'Make sure that there is no way that someone can disarm you as it it possible. I suggest you carry a knife on your belt as last resort if someone is holding your gun.'

While another user wrote: 'You might want to target a girls school which is safer because there are no beta males throwing themselves for their rescue.

'Do not use a shotgun. I would suggest a powerful assault rifle and a pistol or 2x pistols. Possibly the type of pistols who have 15+ ammo.'

Police described how they exchanged fire with the gunman who went on the rampage at the Umpqua Community College in dramatic 911 dispatcher recordings.

The officers described how they shot at the attacker as he was standing next to a library as 35 people were ‘piled in the hall’ in fear of their lives.

The recordings capture the moment the gunman is shot dead when an officer says: ‘The suspect is down’.

The dispatcher describes the incident as a ‘major trauma’ and asks for all available ambulances to be sent to the scene.

Police can be heard saying there are 15 dead though that number has not been confirmed.

The recordings were made by emergency services in Roseburg, Oregon and made public by Broadcastify.

They show that police in the rural town try to keep their calm as the full scale of the horror becomes apparent.

According to Douglas County Police, the incident began in Snyder Hall, a large lecture theatre used by the science department.

In the recordings officer says: ‘Exchanging shots with him. He’s in a classroom on the, it’s gonna be the South East side of the hall.

The dispatcher says: ‘Gunshots with the male in the classroom on the South East side of Synder Hall’.

The officer says: ‘Unconfirmed report he’s got a long gun.’

The dispatcher says: ‘He’s next to the library, there’s about 35 people in the hall piled in on lockdown’.

Sirens blare in the background and after a pause another officer says: ‘The suspect is down’.

The dispatcher confirms and says: ‘Code 4, suspect is down’.

After a few minutes another officer says: ‘The suspect is down, we’ve got multiple gunshot wounds, we’re going to need multiple ambulances on scene’

The dispatcher confirms that numerous ambulances are on the way.

Ann officer tells the dispatchers: ‘I need all traffic to pause unless emergency. Please dispatch as many ambulances as possible to this incident, we have upwards of 20 victims.’

The officer says: ‘Upwards of 20 victims, approximately 15 are deceased.’

The dispatcher says: ‘Notify emergency of major trauma, upwards of 15 deceased.’

 
Students, staff and faculty with their hands up are evacuated from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg

Students, staff and faculty with their hands up are evacuated from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg

People wait for information at the local fairgrounds where students from Umpqua Community College were taken

People wait for information at the local fairgrounds where students from Umpqua Community College were taken

People gather at a road block near the entrance to Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Oregon Thursday following a deadly shooting

People gather at a road block near the entrance to Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Oregon Thursday following a deadly shooting

Multiple ambulances are pictured on the scene with at least one patient on a gurney at the Roseburg campus 

Multiple ambulances are pictured on the scene with at least one patient on a gurney at the Roseburg campus 

Out in full force: Heavily armed police officers walk on the UCC campus Thursday after the shooting 

Out in full force: Heavily armed police officers walk on the UCC campus Thursday after the shooting 

Security sweep: Authorities move from building to building to secure the campus

Security sweep: Authorities move from building to building to secure the campus

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon

 

A witness, who only realized what happened when he saw a slew of emergency vehicles, said he heard ‘lots of shots in about a minute.’

They also saw some of the victims of the attack, describing how one girl was carried out of the building wrapped in a bloodied blanket.  

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirmed at an afternoon press conference that the shooter had been killed.

Responding officers were reportedly going room to room at the UCC science building, where at least part of the shooting played out, checking for possible booby traps and interviewing witnesses, reported The News-Review. 

 
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin addresses the media following the deadly shooting, confirming the gunman's death

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin addresses the media following the deadly shooting, confirming the gunman's death

Friends and family are reunited with studentsA woman is comforted as friends and family wait for students at the local fairgrounds

Bittersweet reunion: Friends and family cried and embraced after reuniting at the Douglas County Fairground 

 

Emotions were running high following the shooting as family members awaited news 

Emotions were running high following the shooting as family members awaited news 

People hold signs for free rides as friends and family wait for students at the local fairgrounds

People hold signs for free rides as friends and family wait for students at the local fairgrounds

The Umpqua Community College shooter appears to have targeted the science building because it is a large lecture hall and would have allowed him to cause mass casualties.

Douglas County Sheriff spokesman Gerlad Eifert said that Snyder Hall was one large room and some offices.

Mr Eifert also confirmed that the building was where the shooting started.

ATF agents accompanied by K-9 units from Portland were dispatched to the campus to help with the search for explosives.

Emergency responders are setting up local triage centers to administer care on the scene while the most seriously injured have been rushed to area hospitals.  

A Douglas County fire official told CNN when he arrived on the scene, they found 'multiple patients in multiple classrooms.' 

Students from UCC were eventually evacuated to the Douglas County Fairground for a debriefing.

Kayla Marie, who is believed to be a student at UCC, has been tweeting about the shooting as the situation unfolded.

'Omg there's someone shooting on campus,' she wrote. 'Students are running everywhere. Holy god.'

She later offered an update, tweeting that student were being bused off campus.

Jodi Sonka was also at the scene when the shooting began.

‘3rd day into college and there’s an active shooter so we’re on lockdown,’ she tweeted, adding that she was ‘s*** scared.’ 

She added that she had not heard any gunshots and had not heard the names of any students who had been killed.

Counselors are being made available for UCC students, staff and their families, some of whom are seen here at the local fairgrounds

Counselors are being made available for UCC students, staff and their families, some of whom are seen here at the local fairgrounds

Chaotic: Police have been transporting students from the college campus to a safe location 

Chaotic: Police have been transporting students from the college campus to a safe location 

An overhead shot shows the UCC campus with its school facilities spread out 

An overhead shot shows the UCC campus with its school facilities spread out 

The freshman, who had been in the science lab for class, told CNN that students had been told to get into the back room as soon as they were alerted of the shooting.

‘We heard something was happening in the middle of our biology lab,’ she said. ‘We were working in the lab and we were all kind of noisy.

‘And then we heard “we need to get in the back room now. Immediately.’

She added: ‘We were all trying to figure out what was going on. By the time we figured it out, the FBI came in and said the shooter was down.

‘We got taken outside and patted down by police officers and loaded up on buses.’ 

Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has tweeted that counselors are being made available for UCC students, staff and their families. 

President Barack Obama was briefed on the Oregon shooting rampage by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and will receive updates throughout the day, according to a White House official 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the shooting during Thursday's daily briefing, saying Obama is committed to passing tougher gun control laws. 

'The issue of sensible steps that can be taken to protect our communities from gun violence continues to be a top priority of this administration,' Earnest told reporters. 

'The president has been quite candid about how this is and has been a source of frustration for him.'

Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, who represents Roseburg, said in a statement that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. He also expressed gratitude for the first responders.

DeFazio says once he knows more about what happened, he plans to work with his colleagues in Congress to find ways to prevent such tragedies.

The two-year college, located 180 miles south of Portland, has more than 4,000 students, more than half of them female. The average age of students enrolled in UCC is 38. 

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a pro-gun control group, the incident in Oregon is the 45th shooting at a school so far this year. 

CARNAGE BY NUMBERS: A LOOK AT DEADLIEST COLLEGE SHOOTINGS IN US

June 5, 2014: A 19-year-old student is killed and two others are wounded in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Washington before another student tackles the gunman as he pauses to reload. A lawyer for Aaron Rey Ybarra, 26, who is charged with first-degree murder, has said mental illness was a factor.

May 23, 2014: A community college student, Elliot Rodger, 22, kills six people and injures 13 others in shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus. Authorities said he apparently shot himself to death after a shootout with deputies.

June 7, 2013: Five people are killed and several others are wounded in Santa Monica, California, when John Zawahri, 23, shoots his father and brother and then shoots at strangers in cars and at Santa Monica College, where students were taking final exams. Zawahri is fatally shot by officers in the college library.

April 2, 2012: Seven people are killed and three are injured when a 43-year-old former student opens fire at Oikos University, in Oakland, California. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder but psychiatric evaluations concluded he suffers from long-term paranoid schizophrenia and is unfit to stand trial.

Feb. 14, 2008: Five students are killed and 18 are wounded when former student Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opens fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, before committing suicide.

Feb. 8, 2008: Two people are killed when Latina Williams, 23, opens fire during an emergency medical technology class at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before shooting herself.

April 16, 2007: Thirty-two people are fatally shot in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills himself.

Sept. 2, 2006: Douglas W. Pennington, 49, fatally shoots his two sons before killing himself during a visit to Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Oct. 28, 2002: Three professors are killed when Robert Flores Jr., 41, who was flunking out of the University of Arizona nursing school, shoots them before killing himself in Tucson, Arizona.

Jan. 16, 2002: Three people are killed and three are wounded when a recently dismissed graduate student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, returns to campus and targets the dean, a professor and a student. Peter Odighizuwa, 42, pleaded guilty in the attack and was sentenced to life in prison.

Aug. 15, 1996: Three professors are shot and killed when Frederick Martin Davidson, 36, a graduate engineering student at San Diego State University, is defending his thesis before a faculty committee and pulls out a handgun.