UPDATED: 2:00pm — Sheriff Says Oregon Gunman Killed in Shootout
The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman has been killed.
Authorities say the man who opened fire on an Oregon community college campus is dead.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a Thursday news conference that offers exchanged gunfire with the shooter and that “he is deceased.”
Hanlin didn’t say whether the shooter was killed by officers or took his own life.
Authorities say 13 people were killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
Multiple Fatalities, Wounded as Gunman Opens Fire at Oregon College
A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by law enforcement, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, the state attorney general and county sheriff said.
There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded in the rampage at Umpqua Community College, which began shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time.
The state’s attorney general told the local NBC affiliate that 13 people had been slain, 20 wounded and the shooter was killed.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was slain in an exchange of gunfire with police officers. The suspect was not identified but CNN reported it was a man in his late 20s.
“Its been a terrible day,” Hanlin said.
The shooting is the latest incident of gun violence in the United States, raising demands for more gun control and more effective treatment of the mentally ill.
CNN reported that among the wounded was a female who had been shot in the chest. The Oregonian said that at least six patients were critically injured in the shooting, citing an official with Life Flight.
Andi Dinnetz, an 18-year-old freshman at Umpqua, said she was in the building next to where the shooting took place and hid in a welding shop along with a teacher and classmates until a police officer arrived. She said she was “fine, but shaken.”
“They walked us straight through the crime scene with our hands up,” Dinnetz said. “It was more tense outside. In the classroom, everyone was trying to make jokes and keep it from being as serious as it was.”
Roger Sanchez, a testing coordinator at the school, said students came running into the building where he worked.
“They came in running and we went into lockdown,” Sanchez said. “I knew it was serious.”
Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg said on Facebook that the hospital had received nine patients from the shooting and had been advised that three more were en route.
“Please continue to pray,” the hospital said.
Local media reported that authorities were combing through the campus, which serves more than 13,000 students, 3,000 of them full-time. The FBI said it was sending agents to the scene. Fall term began at the college on Monday.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said students and faculty members were being bused to the nearby fairgrounds where they could be picked up.
(Reporting by Shelby Sebens and Courtney Sherwood in Portland, Eric M. Johnson in Seattle, Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Katie Reilly in New York and Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker)