Shooting in Umpqua Community College leaves 10 dead and 9 injured. Hours after one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. schools portraying increasing gun culture in the country; details are being complied. The shooting is reported to have began at 10:38 am when 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer, stormed into the college. The assailant was himself shot dead by the police.
According to media reports, an 18-year-old student who was attending a class in Snyder Hall told the local media that she witnessed her teacher get shot in the head. She made clear that the shooter Christopher Harper Mercer ordered students to stand up turn by turn and declare their religion before he shot at them.”I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” shooter Christopher Harper Mercer was reported saying. Soon after the incident was reported #YesIamChristian hastag was trending as people aover the world expressed sympathies with the vicitms and their families.
“You’re going to see God in just about one second,” he reportedly said before shooting Christians in the head, another student revealed. However, as for the students who did not identify as Christians, he shot them in the leg or stomach. Another witness says, “I turned around. I heard ‘active shooter,’ and I didn’t need to be told twice.” The shooter was heading straight towards the class suddenly he noticed that students were running behind him. “We don’t know which one of our colleagues are down.”
A Navy veteran who is studying in the college said, “It sounded like a handgun. It wasn’t loud enough to be an assault rifle. Then I saw a guy with a handgun right outside he was wearing jeans and a T-shirt. He was going toward the building, and he just disappeared into the building.”
Another 20-year-old student said, “I was on the phone with my mom pretty much the entire time. I knew this could have been the last time I talked to her.” This student saw a woman get shot in the stomach. However, several terrified students hid themselves in a cafeteria uncertain what exactly was going on in the college. Some ran inside the college bookstore, seeking a hiding place. A student recalled that someone outside the door said, “Come on out, it’s okay,” but no body moved out as everyone was too frightened to verify.
The students and faculty inside the college campus at the time of incident were moved finally to the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Prior to allowing students and staff members on the buses, all of them were comprehensively searched for weapons. Shortly after the incident was reported, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives teams arrived at the scene as soon as possible.