Shooter, 13 others dead at Oregon college
ROSEBURG, Ore. - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says 13 people are dead after a 20-year-old male gunman opened fire at a community college in the rural city of Roseburg.
The shooting happened Thursday morning on the campus of Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland. Authorities said earlier that at least seven people were dead. More than 20 other people were injured.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says authorities received calls from the college at about 10:30 a.m. reporting an active shooter in one of the classrooms. Officers responded and found the gunman on campus. Hanlin says they exchanged gunfire with the man, and he died in or near a classroom.
Student Kortney Moore, 18, of Rogue River told the Roseburg News-Review newspaper the gunman shot her teacher and asked others in her classroom about their religion before spraying more bullets. Moore said the gunman entered her classroom and told people to get on the ground, then man started asking people to stand up and state their religion before he opened fire.
The FBI says it's sending teams to Roseburg to assist with the investigation.
At a White House press conference, President Barack Obama called for additional gun control laws be passed to stem the tide of mass shootings. Obama said so many shootings are happening that Americans are becoming numb to them, and said Great Britain and Australia had passed laws which he claims nearly elmininated mass shootings there.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says he's "absolutely heartbroken" about the shooting. Merkley says he's been in touch with local officials to express his condolences and offer assistance.
In 2011 the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled the state cannot ban guns from its campus grounds. State education officials voted in 2012 to ban guns inside campus buildings, but allow some such as military personnel and police to carry weapons.