A shooting at a community college in the US state of Oregon has left at least ten people dead and seven injured, according to a local sheriff. The attack took place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, located about 290km south of Portland, on Thursday.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said 10 dead and another seven injured is the “best, most accurate information we have at this time”.
Hanlin said the gunman died after a shootout with police, he did not clarify whether the attacker was included in the 10 fatalities. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the attacker was Chris Harper Mercer, a 26-year-old.
Kortney Moore told the Roseburg News-Review newspaper that she was in a writing class when a shot came through a window.
The gunman entered her classroom and told people to get on the ground. The man then started asking people to stand up and state their religion and opened fire, she said.
Hours after the attack, a visibly angry President Barack Obama spoke to reporters, saying the US is becoming numb to mass shootings and that the shooters have “sickness” in their minds. (Al Jazeera)