Deadly Shooting On Oregon College Campus


Thursday, October 1st 2015, 2:25 pm
By: News 9


At least 13 people were dead after a gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said.

Rosenblum said the gunman was also dead. It wasn't clear whether the gunman was among the 13 people who died. Rosenblum also said 20 people were wounded, many critically.

The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school. It later tweeted that there were "multiple casualties" but did not elaborate.

Krys Denino, a mother of two and first-year nursing student at the college, was on campus when the shooting started.

She told CBSN by phone that she initially thought what she heard was from a construction project and didn't realize the sounds were gunshots until she saw a young woman running toward her. She heard another gunshot and then started running to her car.

A photographer for the Roseburg News-Review newspaper said he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to the local hospital.

The sheriff's office in Douglas County, which includes Roseburg, told CBS News that the threat was over.

The school has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday.

The sheriff's office reported on Twitter that it received a call about the shooting at 10:38 a.m.

Students and faculty members were being bused to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, the sheriff's office said.

A spokeswoman for the Oregon department that oversees community colleges in the state said she had not received any detailed information about the shooting.

"It's extremely concerning and sad," said Endi Hartigan, spokeswoman for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

The rural town of Roseburg lies west of the Cascade Mountains in an area where the timber industry has struggled. In recent years, officials have tried to promote the region as a tourist destination for vineyards and outdoor activities.

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