13 people shot dead and wounded 20 at Oregon college shooting
The gunman who slaughtered at least 13 people and wounded 20 or more at a community college in rural Oregon ordered his victims to stand up and state their religion before he began shooting, a witness has told a local newspaper.
The shooting spree occurred before lunch at the Umpqua Community College in the timber town of Roseburg.
Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, told the News Review newspaper that she was in her Writing 115 class when a shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head.
According to Ms Moore’s account the gunman then had students lie on the ground before he told them to stand up and state their religion before he opened fire, the newspaper reported. Ms Moore lay on the ground with people who had been shot.
The unnamed 20-year-old male gunman began his rampage sometime after 10am and police received their first calls at 10.38am.
The gunman was then killed during a shootout with police, though it has not been confirmed how he died.
he shooting took place in a science building, and the gunman went through multiple classrooms, according to one report.
The Oregon governor, Kate Brown, confirmed the gunman was dead. She said he was a 20-year-old man.
Ms Brown said her prayers were with victims and their families, and with emergency workers who had confronted the harrowing scene.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said that at 10.38am, police first received phone calls reporting an active shooter in one of the classrooms.
Responding officers arrived and exchanged gunfire, and the gunman was killed.
The Portland Oregonian newspaper said that at least six patients were critically injured in the shooting, citing an official with Life Flight.