Bonnie Schaan said she was told by her daughter Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, that the gunman gave someone an envelope. They said Saturday that Harper-Mercer killed himself after officers arrived at the scene. The official is familiar with the investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publically because it is ongoing.
Her father, Randy Scroggins, is pastor of the church.
Nine other people were injured in the shooting, police said.
Harper-Mercer apparently demanded to know his victims’ religious beliefs before opening fire on the campus.
“The blood of that boy that covered my daughter saved her life”, Mr Scroggins said during his sermon.
Speaking with a distinctive English accent from his home in the USA, Mr Mercer told reporters: “It’s been a devastating day, devastating for me and my family”.
“The assailant was not able to make it into the classroom, because Chris stopped him”, she said, adding that Mr Mintz was hospitalised with two broken legs and seven bullet wounds.
An Oregon pastor says a student who was spared by a gunman during a deadly rampage on a college campus received an envelope with a flash drive from the shooter and had to watch as his classmates were killed. Another nine people were wounded. She had split with Mercer and taken their son when he was a baby. Are you Christian? Do you have a religion?’ It was more so saying, ‘you’re going to be meeting your maker.
“Let me tell you, if you had a couple of teachers with guns in that room you would have been a hell of a lot better off”, he said. “And he walked to the center and began to shoot them as they were laying down”, her father, Pastor Randy, said.
Other countries don’t see mass shootings at the same clip that the United States does, he said, asserting, “Somebody has to ask the question: How is it so easy to get all these guns?”
She heard a huge bang and then felt a body ease over on top of her. It was 20-year-old Treven Anspach – one of those who died. Witnesses said he asked his victims their religion before shooting them execution-style.
The 26-year-old Harper-Mercer opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
Harper-Mercer was enrolled in the class, but officials have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings.
Mercer moved from Los Angeles to Oregon with his mother in 2013, neighbors said, describing him as withdrawn and quiet but passionate when it came to guns.
It has emerged that Harper-Mercer also failed basic training for the US Army in 2008 while his social media profiles featured content supporting the IRA. “But others don’t get their children back”.
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper and Rachel La Corte in Portland; Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho; and AP researchers Rhonda Shafner and Adriana Mark.