A gunman opened fire at the Umpqua Community College campus on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding 20, according to latest reports.
Details are sketchy as the area is still an active crime scene, but authorities said that the alleged gunman, identified as a 20-year-old male, was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released the following information:
“On October 1, 2015 at approximately 10:38 AM, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a report of an active shooter in a classroom on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Law enforcement officers from all parts of Douglas County responded to the scene. Responding officers encountered the suspect and exchanged gunfire. The male shooter is deceased.”
According to an eyewitness account, the assailant entered the Snyder Hall classroom building armed with several guns and demanded that people get on the ground. The gunman then reportedly asked each person to stand and state their religious preference.
The shooter then opened fire on the assembled students as they scrambled for safety from the hail of gunfire. 18-year-old Kortney Moore told the News-Review that her writing teacher was killed by a gunshot to the head. State and local law enforcement are now at the scene along with the F.B.I. and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The media release also said that students and staff were transported to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to be reunited with family members. The American Red Cross is also assisting those attempting to contact loved ones. Anyone wishing to check on loved ones can go to, https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.
President Obama offered condolences to the victims and families during a news conference on Thursday. He also took the time to express his frustration over continuing gun violence in America. This is the latest incident in a string of mass shootings that have occurred across the country within the past several years and the deadliest school shooting since 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.