By Matt Ferner
Thirteen people were killed and as many as 20 were wounded Thursday in a shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to multiple reports.
Sheriff John Handlin said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that officers had “neutralized” the shooter, who was male, during an exchange of gunfire in a campus building at Umpqua Community College.
The shooter is now deceased, Handlin said. He declined to specify how many people were killed and wounded.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) said during a separate news conference that the shooter was 20 years old.
“Today in southern Oregon is not a good afternoon,” Handlin said. “It’s been a terrible day.”
“This is a small community,” the sheriff added. “A lot of our friends and family attend this college. I personally know a number of people I work with that had very strong concerns about the welfare for loved ones going to school there.”
Students were being transported to a nearby fairground, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement continues to search buildings and cars on campus, Handlin said.
Nearby Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg said that it has received 10 patients from the shooting.
Three additional victims were taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, about an hour north of the site of the shooting. The hospital said on Twitter that the victims were all female and between the ages of 18 and 34, and quoted a doctor who said that an “army” of doctors and nurses had volunteered to help.
Several media reports on Thursday afternoon indicated that before opening fire, the gunman ordered students onto the ground and asked them to identify their religion, according to an 18-year-old student who witnessed the shooting. The New York Times cited …read more
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