|Shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR|
leaves 13 dead
Credit: Mike Sullivan/Roseburg News via Associated Press
Death toll has been updated to 10, wounded 7. The gunman was Chris Harper Mercer. Reports indicate that he shot those who identified as Christian in the head; those who did not were shot in the leg.
Mercer is also reported to have worn full body armor. More details on Mercer's life and disturbances can be found here.
A gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon, Thursday, killing 13 and wounding at least 20 others. The gunman, who has not yet been identified, was killed in a shootout with police at the scene; he was been described as a twenty-year-old male.
The shooting began around 10:30 PDT, with police hearing reports of the shooting around ten minutes later. One student claimed the gunman told the students to get on the ground and then stand and state their religion before he started shooting.
UCC serves 13,000 students, with 3,000 of them full-time.
President Obama spoke on the situation, in addition to calling for gun control laws, saying,"Somehow, this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. We become numb to this....It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get a gun. ... The notion that gun laws don't work is not borne out by the evidence."
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D), in contrast, told MSNBC's Brian Williams, "It would not have been legal for a concealed carry to occur on a community college campus...It's a complicated area. But that's my understanding – not that it's particularly relevant right at the moment."
This is a developing story and more details will be added as they become known.