Date
26 March 2017
An alumna (left) of  Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, receives an embrace after learning that one of her former teachers was killed in the mass shooting on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
An alumna (left) of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, receives an embrace after learning that one of her former teachers was killed in the mass shooting on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Gunman opens fire at Oregon college in latest US mass killing

A gunman opened fire at a community college in southern Oregon on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by police, Reuters reported.

The shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in the city of Roseburg began shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time.

Governor Kate Brown said the suspect was a 20-year-old man. CNN reported that four guns belonging to the shooter were recovered from the scene.

The massacre is the latest in a series of mass shootings at US college campuses, movie theaters, military bases and churches in recent years.

The killings have fueled demands for more gun control in the United States, where ownership of firearms is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, and better care for the mentally ill.

President Barack Obama, speaking just hours after the rampage, said the mass killing should move Americans to demand greater gun controls from elected officials.

“Somehow this has become routine,” a visibly angry and shaken Obama said. “The reporting is routine. My response here, at this podium, ends up being routine … We’ve become numb to this.”

Kortney Moore, 18, told the local News Review newspaper that she was in her writing class in Snyder Hall when a gunshot came through the window and struck her teacher in the head.

Moore said the gunman told people to get on the ground, then asked them to stand up and state their religion before he started shooting.

Student Cassandra Welding told CNN that she heard 35 to 40 shots.

Student Brady Winder, in a posting on Facebook, said he was in a classroom in Snyder Hall, next door to the room where the shooting began and ran, along with his classmates, when they heard the gunfire.

“I ran to the edge of the campus, down a hill and waited. From talking with a student in the classroom where it happen, almost every person in the room was shot by a man with four guns,” Winder wrote.

“I’m still shaken up … I can’t wrap my mind around this. Please just pray for the families and parents of these students,” he posted.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center emergency room doctor Hans Notenboom told reporters three patients were flown to the hospital in Riverbend by helicopter, and two were moved directly into operating room.

The hospital said in a statement that the three victims were women between the age of 18 and 34.

The college, which began its fall term this week and serves more than 13,000 students, 3,000 of them full-time, said it would be closed until Monday.

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