An 18-year-old Christian student of the college which came under attack when a gun man stormed into it and started firing, killing 10, injuring several.
A Christian student Mathew Downing, who evaded death as he was singled out by the shooter as the “lucky one” to survive and deliver a package to the law enforcement officials spoke about the massacre for the first time.
The Christian student presented a written statement which was actually a detailed description so far of the massacre on October 1 shooting at the UCC. In his statement, Mathew Downing stated that when Christopher Harper-Mercer stormed into the Umpqua Community College classroom, his ears were already ringing from shots which Christopher had fired already. He tried to perceive what was going on. This “couldn’t be real.”
According to Dowing, Christopher Harper Mercer put his backpack on the front desk and pull out an envelope first of all before he opened fire. Christopher said, “There is a flash drive in this and whoever survives this should give it to the police.”
Downing went on to narrate the rest of the incident and stated that Christopher Harper looked at him and said, account “Hey kid with the glasses, you are the lucky one. I will not shoot you if you give this to the cops.”
Downing further stated that when he stood up then, Christopher Harper pointed a gun at him. “This is the moment I thought I was going to die,” Downing stated. However, in its place, Christopher Harper paused for an instant, and handed Downing the envelope.
The next thing Christopher Harper did was that he told Downing to go the back of the classroom and sit in the very back set and face towards him. Downing stated that he followed the instructions of Christopher and did so. After this, Dowing states that Christopher Harper started firing into the centre of the room and began asking students one by one if they were religious. The shooter fired at one student who said he was Christian and another one who declared that he was Catholic.