Authorities: Multiple casualties in Oregon college shooting

The sheriff said all local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are involved in the investigation.


Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirmed that the gunman was a man in his 20s who was killed during an exchange of gunfire with officers. He was to continue receiving updates throughout the day.

Douglas County is made up of roughly 107,000 people and Umpqua Community College is the only higher education facility there.

A picturesque campus in the North Umpqua River Valley on Interstate 5, the school prides itself on a “a peaceful, safe atmosphere, and year-round recreational activities”, according to its website.

The attack took place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, located about 290km south of Portland, on Thursday.

Ms Brown said her prayers were with victims and their families, and with emergency workers who had confronted the harrowing scene.

He said his response to mass shootings in the United States is becoming routine.

A sheriff’s spokesman says the threat has subsided following a mass shooting at a southwest Oregon community college.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students.

The average age of students at the college is 38 with many part-time courses offered.

Authorities are now working to determine a motive for the shootings.

Authorities in Roseburg quickly spread the word and called on residents and students not to go to the campus.

Student Kortney Moore told local daily The News-Review that the shooter entered the classroom she was in and demanded that the people there stand up and declare what religion they belonged to before he opened fire on them. State police Lt. Bill Fugate told KATU-TV that at least 20 others were hurt.

State police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking details.

In audio that is reportedly from a police radio channel, an officer can be heard saying the suspect was down and that there were victims with “multiple gunshot wounds”. “Please stay away from the area”, tweeted Fire District No. 2, which serves Douglas County.


He said he did not know what type of weapon was used nor whether the shooter had been a student at the college.

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