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Oregon campus shooter identified

6 years 2 months 1 day ago Thursday, October 01 2015 Oct 1, 2015 October 01, 2015 9:35 PM October 01, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ / Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Authorities identified the gunman in a deadly campus shooting earlier Thursday as Chris Harper Mercer, 26.

Harper was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers after he opened fire at Umpqua Community College about 180 miles south of Portland. Ten people were killed, including Mercer. Seven were hurt. Earlier in the day, authorities estimated as many as 20 people could be injured.

People who lived near Mercer said he was unfriendly and kept to himself.

"[He would] sit by himself in the dark in the balcony with this little light," a neighbor said of Mercer.

As of Thursday evening, some of the injured remained in hospitals.

Witnesses said Mercer asked victims their religion before shooting them. Mercer's MySpace page and other social media suggested he was fascinated by the IRA, frustrated by traditional organized religion and tracked other mass shootings.

On a torrents streaming site and blog that appeared to belong to Mercer, posts referenced multiple shootings and downloads included several horror films and a documentary on a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

A blog post urged readers to watch the online footage of Vester Flanagan shooting two former colleagues on live TV in Virginia, while another lamented materialism as preventing spiritual development.

A MySpace page that appeared to belong to Mercer included several photos and graphics of the Irish Republican Army as well as a picture of Mercer holding a rifle.


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