UPDATE – Former US Attorney General Eric Holder on Umpqua Community College shooting: ‘Now Oregon. We weep again as a nation. Is the answer to our gun violence epidemic to do nothing? Again? Come on America! We solve problems’ – @EricHolder
SEATTLE – Thirteen people were killed in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday morning and 20 others were injured, according to Oregon’s attorney general.
The shooter was killed. Oregon State Police said they did not believe there were any other shooters.
Police received a call of an active shooter in the classroom at the college at 10:30 a.m. according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. OSP says the shooting started in Snyder Hall.
Authorities in Roseburg quickly spread the word and called on residents and students not to go to the campus.
One woman tweeted “Students are running everywhere. Holy God.”
Here are some excerpts from police scanner traffic that was posted to Reddit:
“Exchanging shots with him. He’s in a classroom on the, it’s going to be, the southeast side of Snyder Hall”
“Unconfirmed report he has a long gun.”
“There are about 35 people in the hall piled in. The campus center is on lockdown.”
“The suspect is down. We’ve got multiple gunshot wounds. We’re going to need multiple ambulances on scene.”
“Upward of 20 victims. Approximately 15 are deceased.”
Life Flight said it was sending six helicopters from across the Northwest to the scene.
Students and faculty members were being bused to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to be reunited with loved ones.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were heading to the scene along with a K9 team.
Former Umpqua Community College president Joe Olson says the school has one security officer on duty at a time and that person isn’t armed. He says last year, one of the biggest debates on campus was whether the school should have armed security officers. He says the college had three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years, “but you can never be prepared for something like this.”
Olson says he suspects Thursday’s shooting will start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare for something like this.
Umpqua Community College is a community college located six miles north of Roseburg and three hours south of Portland. The school has about 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-timers.