Oregon shooting: 13 killed and 20 injured at Umpqua Community College campus
A shootout erupted at an American university. A gunman would have killed 13 and injured 20 people at Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon, according to news channel CNN.
The shooting took place in the morning at the Umpqua Community College where about almost 3,000 students. It was announced at first nearly 10 deaths on CNN; however 15 deaths were reported according to the statement of a police officer on the local channel KATU News. It seems that the number of victims was reassessed between 7 and 10 before the Attorney General of Oregon announced a new provisional toll that rises to 13 dead and 20 wounded.
All media also mention about twenty wounded. According to CNN, the shooter was arrested. The Douglas County Police confirmed that shooting had started around 10:30 local (5:30 p.m. GMT) without giving a death toll.
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“We intervened after information about a shooting at a local university and it is still a pending status,” said Dwes Hutson, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The university was placed in confinement. Local firefighters warned on the social network Twitter: “An active shooter UCC. Stay out of this area.”
Oregon shooter brought down. Multiple rescue units requested. First reports 20 victims.
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“We arrived to find several wounded in several classrooms. The security forces managed to neutralize the shooter,” said Ray Shoufler Douglas County Fire Department. He added that two succumbed to their injuries while on the way to the hospital.
Officers with sniffer dogs also went on site to look for explosives, firearms and ammunition cartridges added a spokesman.
The shooting took place in one of the classrooms of Umpqua Community College’s science building in a rural area of the State northwestern United States, authorities said.
Between seven and ten people died and 20 were injured, according to local TV station KATU, quoting a police official of Oregon, Bill Fugate.
A policeman sheriff’s office local county, Sergeant Aaron Dunbar, interviewed live on CNN, did not immediately confirm the results.
At least twenty people are in critical condition, including a woman who was shot in the chest, according to CNN citing local media.
The university campus where studying some 3,000 students, was evacuated and cordoned off, firefighters, police and worried parents rushing to the scene when the first rumors spread that a massacre had taken place.
Eleven injured were evacuated but two died later, said an official of Douglas County firefighters, Ray Shoufler. The police had already arrested the shooter when firefighters arrived at the scene, he said on CNN.
The killer would have posted a message on social networks before the shooting, according to the media. The police searched the students leaving the Umpqua Community College campus, looking for possible weapons.
Shootings are very common in high schools and universities in the United States – one of them had already taken place in a high school in South Dakota by Wednesday, and another in early September at a university in Sacramento.
A 20-year-old young man killed 26 people, including 20 children, in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown (Connecticut), December 14, 2012.
In April 16, 2007, a 23-year-old student of Korean origin had killed 32 people before committing suicide on the campus of Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg (Virginia). This is the worst massacre in the history of the country.