Tragedy strikes bucolic Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

Tragedy strikes bucolic Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

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Umpqua Community College, located in Roseburg, a city in southwestern Oregon, joins the list of mass shooting attacks.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2015 – Approximately 20 people have been injured in a shooting at a community college in Douglas County, Ore., that disrupted the fall mornings classes about 10:30 a.m. on the West Coast. Preliminary reports are that 10 people are dead; however, other reports suggest as many as 15 have been killed, with at least 20 being injured, following the rampage that began in a science classroom.

Speaking to local KATU television, Sean Clark, a spokesman for Roseburg Health Care System, said that the hospital called in extra doctors and other staffers from other shifts to care for wounded in the attack. Six students were taken from the school in LifeFlight helicopters. At least 13, possibly 14, students were injured and taken for treatment to Mercy Hospital .

(UPDATE) At 3:37pm Eastern the Oregon attorney general has confirmed that 13 people have died in this shooting and the shooter is now dead. There are unconfirmed reports that the shooter is male and in his late 20s.

(UPDATE) At 4:44 pm Eastern: The shooter was “neutralized” during a shootout with police officers, according to Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlan (press conference); Hanlan confirms the shooter was male and is deceased. The shooter was a 20 year-old-male.

(UPDATE) The shooter has been identified as Chris Mercer Harper, 26.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that it had special agents at the college and was sending additional agents, as well as a K-9 team, to the scene.

This shooting marks the 295th mass shooting in 2015, leaving 365 injured and 1,082 dead. (Shooting Tracker)

Umpqua Community College, recently made a gun-free zone, is located in Roseburg, a city in southwestern Oregon about midway between Eugene and Medford.  Described as a picturesque campus in the North Umpqua River Valley, the school’s website says it is “a peaceful, safe atmosphere [with] year-round recreational activities.”

It has a student body with an average age of 38 for its 13,600 students. Only 740 of those were full-time, 2,437 were part-time and more than 10,000 fell under the umbrella of “community education.”

The last mass shooting in Oregon was at  Thurston High School in Springfield on May 21, 1998, when expelled student Kip Kinkel first murdered his parents before engaging in a school shooting that left two students dead and 25 others wounded. Kinkle is  serving a 111-year sentence without the possibility of parole.

The most infamous school shooting was the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Other mass school shootings resulting in deaths include, but are not limited to (information courtesy and Wikipedia):

  1. Jan. 10, 2013 — Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif.: A 16-year-old student opened fire in class. He was targeting two classmates who he felt had bullied him, law enforcement said. One student was injured. The shooter was placed into custody after a teacher and campus supervisor persuaded the student to put down his firearm.
  2. Jan. 15, 2013 — Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis, Missouri: A part-time student shot and injured a school employee then apparently shot himself, according to St. Louis police.
  3. Jan. 31, 2013 — Price Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia: A 14-year-old was shot in the head outside his school, police said. His mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV that he was taken to the hospital. Atlanta Public Schools announced that another student had been taken into custody after the 1:50 p.m. shooting.
  4. April 12, 2013 — New River Community College in Christianburg, Va.: An 18-year-old student drove to the school’s campus inside a mall and began shooting at 1:55 p.m. on a Friday, police said. He wounded two women.
  5. June 7, 2013 — Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Calif.: A gunman killed four people during a rampage that began at a home near the college campus, police said. He opened fire in the residence, where police discovered two bodies; then the gunman shot at a passing car and carjacked another. The gunman forced the driver to drive onto the campus and shot two people in a passing vehicle, police said. Another victim was shot outside the campus library, authorities said. The gunman was killed by authorities.
  6. Aug. 20, 2013 — Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, in Decatur, Ga.: A gunman fired shots and barricaded himself inside the elementary school. Antoinette Tuff, who worked in the front office, was hailed as a hero for engaging suspect Michael Brandon Hill. She managed to talk him into into giving up, and no one was injured, police said.
  7. Aug. 30, 2013 — Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C.: A student injured another during a shooting that occurred at 2:45 p.m. during a planned fire drill, CNN affiliate WXII reported.
  8. Oct. 21, 2013 — Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev.: A 12-year-old opened fire with a handgun he took from his parents, police say. Jose Reyes injured two students and killed Mike Landsberry, a teacher and Afghanistan war veteran, authorities said. Reyes killed himself.
  9. Dec. 13, 2013 — Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.: Karl Halverson Pierson opened fire on a Friday inside his suburban Denver high school, police said. The 18-year-old allegedly shot Claire Davis, a 17-year-old senior, who later died at a hospital. Law enforcement said that Pierson apparently wanted revenge against a faculty member because of a “confrontation or disagreement.”
  10. Jan. 9, 2014 — Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, Tenn.: A 16-year-old student shot a classmate in the leg as classes were being dismissed for the day, police said, according to CNN affiliate WBBJ. The student was treated for his gunshot wound, WBBJ said.
  11. Jan. 14, 2014 — Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M.: A 12-year-old boy walked into the school gym, pulled a shotgun out of a bag and fired at students waiting for the school day to begin, authorities said. The boy wounded two.
  12. Jan. 21, 2014 — Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.: Student Cody M. Cousins, 23, opened fire in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building. Cousins allegedly killed Andrew F. Boldt, the school said, and both were listed as seniors.
  13. Jan. 24, 2014 — South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.: A manhunt kicked off after a student Brandon Robinson, 20, was shot to death at the school, authorities said. Police arrested Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, and charged him with Robinson’s killing, according to a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
  14. May 23, 2014 — University of California, Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, Calif.: Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed to death three people in his apartment, police said. Then Rodger fired into a deli and killed a young man inside the shop and shot to death two sorority sisters. Cheng Yuan Hong, 20; George Chen, 19; Weihan Wang, 20; Katherine Cooper, 22; Veronika Weiss, 19; and Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, lost their lives. Others were injured. Rodger committed suicide
  15. June 5, 2014 — Seattle Pacific University in Seattle: A 26-year-old man who was not a student at the school was tackled by a student security guard after he killed one person and wounded two others, police said.
  16. June 10, 2014 — In Troutdale, Ore. around 8:30 a.m. shots were fired at Reynolds High School. 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman was killed, a physical education teacher was injured, and the gunman, 15-year-old Jared Padgett, exchanged gunfire with police officers and then committed suicide in a restroom stall.
  17. Oct. 24, 2014 — Marysville, Wash., Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting. At around 10:39 a.m. PST, officials ordered a lock-down of the school due to a “emergency situation.” A gunman, later identified as 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, who was a student in the school, shot five students, fatally wounding four, in the school cafeteria before committing suicide.
  18. Nov. 20, 2014 — Tallahassee, Fla.: At around 12:39 a.m. EST, a gunman opened fired in or near the Strozier Library at Florida State University. Three people suffered gunshot injuries and were taken to a local hospital. One was in critical condition, another was in good condition, and the third was shortly released after treatment. The gunman, later identified as Myron May, an alumnus of the school, started firing towards responding police officers and was fatally shot by them on the steps of the library.
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