Oregon Community College Shooter Asked Victims To "State Their Religion" Before Executing Them

UpdateDetails are trickling in about the latest mass shooting in the US and at least some reports indicate that the tragedy might have been tied to religion.

Here’s a bit of color from The Oregonian:

The shooter at Umpqua Community College on Thursday asked people to state their religion and then started firing, one student said.

 

Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old, told the News Review she was sitting in her writing class when a bullet blasted through the window. She saw her teacher shot in the head then noticed that the shooter was in the classroom.

 

Moore said the shooter told people to get on the ground. He then asked people to stand up and state their religion but started firing anywhere. She was on the ground next to people who'd been shot.

And here's USA Today:

One student, Kortney Moore, 18, told News Review-Today that she was in her writing class in Snyder Hall when a single shot came through a window.

 

Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head, apparently after the gunman came into the classroom. At that point, Moore told the newspaper, the shooter ordered everyone to get on the ground. The shooter then asked people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing, Moore said..

 

A witness at the scene in Roseburg said the male shooter was shot by police and was acting alone, according The Register-Guard  of Eugene. The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Finally, here's The New York Times:

A 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a community college in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, killing multiple victims and injuring at least 20. Officials said the gunman died after an exchange of gunfire with the police.

Accounts of how many people were dead varied, with officials in the office of the Oregon attorney general, Ellen F. Rosenblum, putting the number at 13.

 

“We are just heartbroken here in Oregon that an act of this magnitude has occurred in our state,” Ms. Rosenblum told MSNBC. She cautioned that the situation was still developing.

 

A student, Brady Winder, 23, who moved to Roseburg from Portland three weeks ago, said he was in a room in Snyder Hall adjacent to where at least one shooting took place.

 

“I heard at least nine shots,” he said.

 

“There’s a door connecting our classroom to that classroom, and my teacher was going to knock on the door,” Mr. Winder said. “But she called out, `Is everybody O.K.?’ and then we heard a bunch more shots. We all froze for about half a second.”

 

“We heard people screaming next door,” he said. “And then everybody took off. People were hopping over desks, knocking things over.”

The tragedy is the latest in a string of violence that most recently included the murder of a Virgina TV reporter and cameraman on air and which just months ago saw nine people killed at an African American church in Chareleston, South Carolina. 
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Update: the shooter has been killed following a firefight with sheriff deputies:

 

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Moments ago, following a lull in reports of US mass killings, the newswires lit up with reports of the latest "active shooter" incident this time on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where according to KATU 2 News, 14 people were killed and at least 20 injured in what is still a developing situation.

The Oregonian reports:

A shooter has been reported at Umpqua Community College, according to the Douglas County Fire District's Twitter account. It's unclear how many wounded or if the shooting is still ongoing at the Roseburg campus.  Sgt. Dwes Hutson, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesman, says officers responded around 10:40 a.m. to reports of a shooting at the College. Huston could not confirm if anyone was injured.

The LA Times adds that the injured include a woman who was shot in the chest, said Chris Boice, a Douglas County commissioner. The shooting began within the last 30 minutes at Umpqua Community College. 

The good news: the shooter is "down and in custody," Boice said.


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