Death toll at nine in Roseburg shooting | RecordCourier.com

Death toll at nine in Roseburg shooting

by Ian Campbell
and News-Review staff

The Record-Courier's sister newspaper, the Roseburg News-Review, is covering the shooting at the community college there.

Here are their updates.

A gunman killed nine people and injured at least 10 others during a mass casualty shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Thursday morning.

The gunman, who was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers, has been identified by several national media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. The gunman is said to have used three weapons, handguns and at least one long gun.

An apartment believed to be the home of the gunman who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College has been blocked off Thursday night by law enforcement officers.

Agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been seen entering the Saddle Butte Apartments in the 100 block of Village Drive, Winchester.

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The Saddle Butte Apartments are located across the river from Umpqua Community College.

At least 11 people were transported to Mercy Medial Center, according to Mercy spokeswoman Kathleen Nickel, and two of those died. One victim was life-flighted north. Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.

There are unconfirmed reports that the shooter had either been shot or had shot himself. An official confirmed that the shooter had been "neutralized."

Brady Winder, 23, of Portland, said he was in the room next door when he heard a loud thud that didn't sound like a gunshot. He then heard a percussion of gunshots and the students all fled out the front door.

They left "like ants, people screaming, "Get out!" Winder said.

He saw a girl swim across the creek while fleeing.

Hannah Miles was in a class room next door to the shooting in Snyder Hall. Miles said they heard a sound next door that sounded like a yardstick slapping on a chalkboard. Then they heard the noise again. A teacher went to see if everything was all right, at which point it went off repeatedly and someone said everybody get out now. They got out as quickly as possible. They left everything behind.

According to scanner reports, the suspect was down and multiple ambulances were on scene. Police cleared the science building.

The scene was pure chaos.

Jared Norman, a nursing student, said he heard shots and then everyone was running. He was locked down in the cafeteria with 50 other students. His voice shook as he described the scene. They didn't know what was going on, and they were terrified.

Shortly before noon, UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O'Neill said, "We locked our door and I went out to lock up the rest rooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus. We have heard there are casualties but know nothing more at this stage."

An automated phone call went out to parents at Roseburg School District, referencing the shooting and claiming the school was safe.

Sometime after noon, students' cell phones were confiscated, then students were marched out one building at a time, hands up, patted down and lined up to be evacuated on buses.

About 200 people were waiting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for students, who were being ferried there in buses. Red Cross grief counselors were available at the fairgrounds.

Camas Valley teacher Christian Bringhurst said his daughter Justine was on UCC campus at time of shooting. She was safely evacuated to the fairgrounds.

"It's awful. The uncertainty of what is going on is tough to deal with. We have a dozen (Camas Valley) kids going to school out there. Trying to find out who is there and make sure everybody is OK. Our hearts going out to the victims," Bringhurst said.

The FBI's Portland Division is responding to the incident. Agents and specialty personnel are responding from the FBI offices in Medford, Eugene, Salem and Portland.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, issued a statement following the incident.

"Today's shooting in Roseburg is a heartbreaking tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Roseburg's first responders for their work in responding to the event. Once we know more about what happened today, I plan to work with my colleagues in Congress to find ways to prevent tragedies such as these," DeFazio said.

Initial information from breaking news.

11:15 a.m. Police and emergency crews are at Umpqua Community College after a reported gunman has shot upwards of 20 people on campus. Scanner reports indicated the suspect is down. Multiple ambulances are on scene. Early reports indicate at least 15 people are dead. Students are reporting on social media that they are trapped inside classrooms.

11:20 a.m. Police are clearing the science building at this time.

11:28 a.m. Photographer just returned from Mercy Medical Center where he witnessed multiple ambulances bringing in patients.

11:34 a.m. Reporter at UCC describes the scene as "pure chaos."

11:39 a.m. Jared Norman, a nursing student at UCC, said he heard shots and then everyone was running. He is locked down in the cafeteria with 50 other students right now. They've heard there is a shooting, but they don't know what's going on. And they're scared.

11:42 a.m. Automated phone call went out to parents at Roseburg School District, referencing UCC shooting and saying all schools are safe.

11:49 a.m. "We locked our door and I went out to lock up the rest rooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus," said UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O'Neill. "We have heard there are casualties but know nothing more at this stage."

11:53 a.m. Oregon State Police are reporting via CNN that 10 people are dead and that the alleged shooter is dead.

11:57 a.m. Students and staff are gathered on the front lawn, waiting to be loaded onto a bus.

12:06 p.m. Kathleen Nickel, a spokesperson for Mercy Medical Center, said six patients have been brought to Mercy Medical Center and they are expecting two more.

12:40 p.m. Reporter Aaron Yost said two buses have brought students from UCC to the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Red Cross counselors are on scene to provide grief counseling.

12:57 p.m. Statement from Peter DeFazio on today's shooting. "Today's shooting in Roseburg is a heartbreaking tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Roseburg's first responders for their work in responding to the event. Once we know more about what happened today, I plan to work with my colleagues in Congress to find ways to prevent tragedies such as these."

1 p.m. Christian Bringhurst said his daughter Justine is fine after she was on campus at the time of shooting.

"We (Camas Valley) have a dozen kids going to school out there," Bringhurst said. "Trying to find out who is there and make sure everybody is OK. Our hearts going out to the victims."

1:05 p.m. KVAL is reporting that the shooter is among the dead. That is unconfirmed.

1:13 p.m. Oregon Attorney General is reporting that 13 people are dead, up to 20 are injured including the shooter.