Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff for Oregon victims

Authorities say Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer had 14 guns and took six to the campus.


“Salas said the gunman told victims “‘this won’t hurt very long'” before shooting them.

The 26-year-old killer who gunned down classmates at an Oregon college spared a student and gave the “lucky one” something to deliver to authorities, according to the mother of a student who witnessed the rampage.

The condition of one of the three shooting victims brought to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has improved to serious from critical, the center says in a statement released Saturday night.

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.

A memorial was growing on the driveway leading to Snyder Hall, where Harper-Mercer opened fire.

As bus after bus rolled into the fairgrounds on Thursday carrying students, faculty and staff, Nutter and about two dozen other local pastors held uncontrollably crying students, formed prayer circles, listened to eyewitnesses recount the rampage that killed nine and watched tearful reunions with parents and spouses. Elsewhere, clusters of people chatted at picnic tables or near buildings. A woman, crouched down, wiped away a tear.

Conflicting reports are emerging about whether the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college singled out Christians as his victims.

Wanda Mintz said her 30-year-old nephew, Chris Mintz, a student at the college, fell to the floor and asked the shooter to stop. “I needed to come and see my friends, make sure they’re OK”.

“I’m going through the grieving process myself because this has touched everyone in the community”, chaplain Russell Wilson said.


Students begin to gather at the Douglass County Fairgrounds Friday, October 2, 2015, where they can retrieve personal belongings and board busses for a trip to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., to retrieve their cars. “Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest”, an anonymous poster wrote a day before the shootings. No additional details about his visit were immediately available.

A sign in remembrance for those killed in a fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College is displayed at a local business Saturday Oct. 3 2015 in Roseburg Ore. Armed with multiple guns Chris Harper Mercer 26 walked in a classroom at the community