The grandmother of one of the Oregon shooting victims says her granddaughter told her the gunman was singling out students who said they were Christian.
“And eventually, this will only serve to inspire future shooters”. The gunman opened fire, striking Mintz.
He fell the ground and told the gunman: “It’s my son’s birthday today”.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a Thursday news conference that offers exchanged gunfire with the shooter and that “he is deceased”. He had seven more guns at his apartment, officials said. All 13 were bought legally.
Authorities have not disclosed whether they have such a package, but a law enforcement official said Saturday a manifesto of several pages had been recovered.
Army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Garrett said Mercer was in the military for a little over a month at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, but was discharged for failing to meet the minimum standards.
As of late Thursday, Cosby didn’t know whether any of his students had been killed or injured in the shooting, but he helped organize the vigil so all could pay their respects.
His mother flew out to the USA last night to be with him.
More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including his daughter 18-year-old Lacey, who cried while sitting in the front row with her mother. “She said they were going to go stay in a motel”.
A flak jacket was found next to a rifle at the school with five magazines of ammunition, Nunez said. It is not clear if police shot Harper-Mercer or if he turned a weapon on himself.
He says the Oregon attack would not have happened if his son had not been able to get guns.
He told people to stand up and state their religion before opening fire.
“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, ‘and if you are a Christian stand up, ‘” the father recalled.
Student Anastasia Boylan, 18, made it out of Umpqua Community College alive after playing dead as the horror unfolded.
However, the sheriff has come under fire for his stance opposing gun control measures in the past.
“We talk about gun laws”. “This is not a club we wanted to join”.
“There is no single solution that will prevent every shooting but we must and we will do better to prevent this senseless violence”.
Candidates vying to replace Mr Obama in office have begun to weigh in as well.
Relatives of other survivors of the shooting that killed nine also said Harper-Mercer gave something to a student in the class.
Ms Dietz was reportedly born in Edmonton, north London, moved to America as a child and lived in Roseburg.
The gunman’s father, Ian Mercer, seemed to agree with the investigation’s assessment. “Obviously someone who goes and kills nine people has to have had a few kind of issue”, he told CNN.
Oregon State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting that followed the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Multiple news reports cite a profile of Harper’s on an online dating site in which he describes himself as “not religious, but spiritual”. Parents of students in the classroom said the gunman shot one after saying she could save her life by begging.
Lorie Andrews, who lives across the street from the campus, said she heard what sounded like fireworks followed by sirens.