10 dead, 7 wounded in Oregon college shooting

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ROSEBURG, Ore. - A mass shooting at Umpqua Community College killed 10 students and wounded at least seven, Douglas County Sheriff said despite conflicting reports. We are logging information in the thread below as it comes into our newsroom.


QUICK FACTS: 

  • Shooter is dead, according to reports. 
  • Ten people were confirmed dead by the Douglas County Sheriff.
  • A threat is no longer on campus.
  • FBI says it's sending teams to Roseburg to assist 
  • Shots were fired around 10:30 a.m.

[10:15 p.m.] The next  news conference with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be 10 a.m. Friday. For Friday updates, see this story.

[8:01 p.m.] A candlelight vigil was held in memory of the lives lost in Roseburg. 

Hundreds gathered with lit candles, bagpipes played, and members of the community shared their thoughts. 

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Just before the vigil, officials held another press conference. 

Included in the conference were Douglas County Sheriff Hanlin and the President of Umpqua Community College. 

Sheriff Hanlin made clear that his focus was on the victims of the tragic shooting -- and on helping support the community and those affected. 

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[6:30 p.m. PST] A news conference is tentatively set for 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office doesn't anticpate releasing names of victims anytime soon. 

Meanwhile, families continue to reunite at fairgrounds near the college campus. 

[5:50 p.m. PST]  CBS News reports that law enforcement sources confirm gunman identity: 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Click here for what we know about the gunman. 

[5:45 p.m. PST] Doctors with Mercy Medical Center spoke late Thursday evening saying blood supply was adequate as they received patients from the shooting.

The Douglas Co. Sheriff says seven people were injured,  but hospitals reporting earlier they have received at least 13 patients from the shooting

Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, says three women, ages 18-34, were flown to the hospital from Roseburg.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has at least 10 patients. The center says the next few days will be difficult. 

[5:15 p.m. PST] The FBI has set up a tipline: 1-800-CALL-FBI. 

[4:56 p.m. PST] Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said despite conflicting reports, the most accurate number of deaths is 10. He says seven were injured.

"First and foremost, our victims & the families of our victims are our priority," he said.

It's unclear what led to the discrepancy. Hanlin has said the gunman died after a shootout with police. 

He didn't clarify whether the shooter was included in the 10 fatalities.

Hanlin says three people who were critically injured in the shooting have been transferred to hospitals in the Eugene area.

[4:32 p.m. PST] Two shooting victims are in serious condition and one is in critical condition, according to KOIN. 

[4:20 p.m. PST] As the news of the Oregon community college shooting spread, social media lit up with tweets and posts of support, concern and, in some cases, eye-witness accounts. Click here to see responses.

Two vigils are planned in Roseburg on Thursday night. 

[4:10 p.m. PSTLate afternoon recap President Barack Obama spoke on the shooting, saying the U.S. is becoming numb to mass shootings and says their perpetrators have "sickness" in their minds.

Thirteen people are dead from a shooting at Umpqua Community College. (NOTE: The count was updated about 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 dead and seven injured.)

Hospitals report to the Associated Press that they have received at least 13 patients, scattered to centers closet to campus which is just about 180 miles south of Portland. 

Witnesses report hearing shots fired from within one classroom, then a text was sent out saying the school was on lock down. 

>> Photos show response to the scene

The Oregon governor said the gunman was 20 years old. But as of late afternoon, the shooter has not been identified. A public mass shootings is defined as a lone shooter who took the lives of at least four people

Students and staff who were not injured were bused off campus to nearby fairgrounds. 

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[3:42 p.m. PST] KOIN reported via CNN that three pistols and a long gun were recovered. 

[3:35 p.m. PST] Hospitals are reporting they have received at least 13 patients from the shooting at Umpqua Community College in southwestern Oregon. 

Monique Danziger, a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, says three women, ages 18-34, were flown to the hospital from Roseburg. She says their conditions were not available.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has at least 10 patients. Their conditions were also not available.

A spokeswoman at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland says they hadn't heard of any patients transported there, but said that could change.

 [3:26 p.m. PST] In his 15th statement on mass shootings since taking office, President Obama spoke from the White House saying another community is stunned with grief.

“Anyone who does this has a sickness in their mind,” Obama said.

He said his response to mass shootings in the United States is becoming routine.

“We are the only advanced country that sees these shootings every few months, he said.

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President Obama says American people, when voting, are making a determination that either allows or disallows this to happen. He says voters can do something about this, and he need to change our laws. 

[3:20 p.m. PST] Interim president of Umpqua Community College Dr. Rita Cavin calls the shooting an anomaly.

UCC will be closed until Monday. 

[3:07 p.m. PST] A student, named Hannah Miles, told KOIN News that she heard what sounded like a ruler smacking against the chalkboard on Thursday morning.

“We all jumped,” she said.

The class returned to taking notes when they heard desks scrambling next door.  

Hannah said the teacher went to check on the other class when more shots rang out; the teacher came back and told everyone to get out.

“Still in shock. Can’t wrap my brain around it. I don’t get it,” Hannah said. 

[2:59 p.m. PST] The White House says the president will give a statement on the shooting at 3:20 p.m.

KIRO 7 News is waiting to hear from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in a second news conference scheduled at 3 p.m. 

In a Facebook post, the Sheriff's Office says responding officers encountered the suspect and exchanged gunfire.

"We have activated the Douglas County Major Crimes Team and have received law enforcement assistance from other jurisdictions all over the state."

[2:53 p.m. PST] A student tells KOIN News that she heard the shooting and thought it was noise from nearby construction. 

A text was sent to students during the shooting saying, "We are in lockdown. This is not a drill."

[2:44 p.m. PST]  The Justice Department says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch received regular briefings from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which have agents at the scene.

[2:40 p.m. PST] Dr. Hans Notenboom, Medical Director at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart said in a news briefing that they are treating a 18-year-old and 34-year-old.  

He confirms a third person is at the center, which is nearly an hour away from the college. 

[2:22 p.m. PST] New photos show authorities responding to the shooting at Umpqua Community College. There is no threat on the campus, but students and staff were bused to nearby fairgrounds. 

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[2:13 p.m. PST] CNN reports four guns were recovered from the shooting scene. They are believed to belong to the gunman. 

[1:59 p.m. PST] Kortney MooreKortney Moore told the The News-Review that she the shooter told people to stand up and state their religion, then started firing shots. She said she was lying on the ground next to those who were shot.

[1:55 p.m. PST] In a news conference, Governor Kate Brown said the shooter was a 20-year-old man.

She told media that the top priority is now medical treatment for the injured and safety on the campus.

“To our first responders, thank you for your work as this community reels from grief,” she said. 

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[1:48 p.m. PST] Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said shooter was a man. He could not confirm a number of people wounded.

The Oregon Attorney General told the Associated Press and CBS News 13 were killed. (NOTE: The count was updated about 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 dead and seven injured.)

He did not know if the shooter posted anything social media warning of the incident before Thursday.

“This is a huge shock to the entire community,” he said.

Hanlin says “well over” 100 detectives and officers are coming into the area to help in the investigation.

He says no officers were injured in the shooting. 

[1:35 p.m. PST] Oregon State Police and Governor Kate Brown will speak in a news confernce. It was scheduled for 1:30. KIRO 7 News is standing by for it to start.

[1:20 p.m. PST] Recap: A shooting that CBS News reports killed 13 people is no longer a threat on campus. (NOTE: The count was updated about 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 dead and seven injured.) Police tell KOIN News they think it was only one shooter, who is dead. 

The first call about the shooting came into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 10:37 a.m. The shooting reportedly started in Snyder Hall.

At least 20 people are injured. Students and staff who were not injured were bused to nearby fairgrounds.

The White House says President Obama was briefed on the mass shooting at the Oregon community college.

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[1:05 p.m. PST] Officers are searching backpacks after the shooting. 13 are dead, including the shooter.

[1:05 p.m. PST] According to CBS News, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said that 13 people are dead. NOTE: The count was updated about 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 dead and seven injured. 

[12:54 p.m. PST] Three victims are being taken to the Eugene hospital via Life Flight.

Counselors are available for UCC students, staff and their families who need them at the Douglas County Fairgrounds - Douglas Hall.

[12:42 p.m. PST] The Associated Press reports seven are dead, as KOIN News reports that Oregon State Police confirmed 10 deaths. KIRO 7 News is working to confirm how many deaths occurred from the shooting.

[12:41 p.m. PST] Gov. Jay Inslee is expressing "profound sadness."

"#UCCShooting leaves us w/ a profound sense of loss. We should work in whatever ways we can to prevent these acts of violence in the future," Inslee tweeted.

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[12:34 p.m. PST] Sheriff's spokeswoman tells the Associated Press, "No more threat" from shooting at the southwest Oregon community college.

[12:24 p.m. PST] Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg tells KOIN that they are taking in nine patients from the shooting. Three more people are enroute.

[12:12 p.m. PST] A student who was at campus at the time of the shooting talked to KOIN News. She said a police officer ordered everyone out with hand over heads to safe zone.

"You don't know how they feel until you're there."

There is no longer a threat on campus as the gunman is in custody.

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[12:07 p.m. PST] Many people are sending their condolences via the hastag #UCCShooting on Twitter.

>> Photos from the scene

One student tweeted events as they unfolded.

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[12 p.m. PST]  Douglas County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook, "At about 10:38 AM, the 911 center received a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College. Police units from multiple jurisdictions have responded. Students and faculty members are being bused to the Douglas County Fairgrounds and can be picked up there."

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[11:51 a.m. PST] The threat is over at the college.

[11:46 a.m. PST] Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday.

[11:36 a.m. PST] CNN reports shooter is in custody.

KOIN reports FBI agents are heading from PDX to Roseburg to assist in the shooting.

[11:26 a.m. PST] Active shooter scene is code 4, according to the Douglas County Fire Department. Multiple casualties reported from fire department with all patients transported.  

[10:44 a.m. PST] The Douglas County Fire Department is urging people to stay away from the campus, which is about an hour away from Eugene.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report