“I know words can not bring families back”. Parents of students in the classroom said the gunman shot one after saying she could save her life by begging.
During a press conference Thursday, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said that “at least two heroic officers” exchanged gunfire with the shooter.
The survivors of the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon are now telling their harrowing stories of what happened during English class last week.
He said the shooter was enrolled in the class where the killings took place. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought”.
Ian Mercer also told CNN his heart goes out to the grieving families.
Her daughter survived by playing dead, Schaan said.
It was unclear how long Mercer had been a student at Umpqua, a small college of about 3,000 students located in Roseburg, a close-knit rural community.
The gunman stormed into his college classroom, shot the professor in the head and then ordered students to stand up and state their religion.
All the weapons were legally obtained by the shooter or family members over the past three years through a federally licensed firearms dealer, authorities said.
Another Torrance neighbor, 42-year-old Derrick McClendon, said that the young man appeared so skittish that he would always ask him if something was wrong.
In the meantime, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush told a forum in South Carolina that he is against any new federal gun laws, stating that what he “learned as governor of Florida is that stuff happens”.
Ariana Earnhardt, Mintz’s cousin says, “his vital signs are okay he’s going to have to learn to walk again but he walked away with his life and that’s more than so many other people did”.
The warning message read: “Some of you guys are alright”.
The sheriff sent a 2013 letter to Vice President Joe Biden after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that “gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings”.
Authorities say 13 people were killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
They ranged in age from 18 to 67-year-old Lawrence Levine who taught the class. They were sons and daughters, spouses and parents.
Following his son’s suspected suicide, Mercer now finds himself among the chorus of those calling for a change to the gun laws in the U.S.
He enlisted in the army in 2008, but was discharged after less than a month in basic training, for reasons unknown. While this is a quiet community, Roseburg also experienced a high school shooting in 2006, but no one was killed in that incident.
As the residents of Roseburg come to terms with the shooting spree that sent shock waves through their tight-knit community on Thursday, many are trying to do something to show their support for the victims. There have been 142 school shootings in the country since that fateful day, according to data compiled by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.