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What we know about the shooting at Umpqua Community College

Hannah Miles, center, is reunited with her sister Hailey Miles, left, and father Gary Miles, right, after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Hannah Miles, center, is reunited with her sister Hailey Miles, left, and father Gary Miles, right, after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Written by P. Kim Bui

At 10:38 a.m. Oct. 1, police began receiving calls about a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

This is what we know about that shooting:

The shooter was a 26-year-old male and is deceased.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin did not provide details about who the shooter was, but said that he engaged in a shootout with law enforcement and was killed as a result.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown confirmed the shooter’s age and said the shooting left her with profound heartbreak and dismay.

“Our top priority now is medical treatment for victims and security of campus,” she said at a press conference.

It is unknown if he was a student or his motivation for the shooting.

Friends and family are reunited with students at the local fairgrounds after a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Friends and family are reunited with students at the local fairgrounds after a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

At least 10 have died and 7 are injured. The shooting has been deemed a “mass casualty” event.

At a 5 p.m. PT press conference Hanlin said that there were 10 fatalities and seven injuries. He admitted there have been conflicting reports. The fatality number includes the shooter.

“This number is the best, most accurate information at this time,” he said.

Mercy Medical in Roseburg said they received 10 patients. Three patients were later transferred and two released. One patient died in the ER, and four remain in surgery.

Peace Health River Bend saw three patients, all female. They all suffered gunshot wounds. Two are in serious condition, one in critical condition.

The Oregon Attorney General said on national news that there were 13 victims of the shooting, but Sheriff Hanlin declined to give details on injuries and fatalities.

There were no police officers injured in the incident.


Listen to dispatch calls from the time of the shooting:


 

Umpqua Community College has around 3,000 students. Many on campus were taken to local fairgrounds for safety.

Students and staff who were on campus were bussed a little less than 10 miles to the local fairgrounds, where some were reunited with friends and family.

It is not known where on campus the shooting occurred, though dispatch and witness accounts indicate it may have been Snyder Hall.

Location of Umpqua Community College (Google Maps)

Location of Umpqua Community College (Google Maps)

Official response: President Barack Obama says prayers are not enough, FBI and ATF on site.

President Barack Obama gave a statement and said thoughts and prayers were not enough to express the heartache for those affected by the shooting.

Somehow this has become routine…we’ve become numb to this.”

Obama also addressed gun control, saying other countries have responded to one shooting with strong legislation, but the U.S. has not.

“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these sort of mass shootings every few months,” he said. “Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up. Each time this happens I’m going to say we can do something about it.”

Oregon will lower all flags as a result of the shooting and two vigils have been planned.

Gov. Brown ordered flags lowered. The school will also remain closed until Monday, Oct. 5.

There is a vigil planned for 8 p.m. PT is Roseburg and another in Portland.

This is the 45th school shooting in 2015. 

It’s also not the first in Roseburg. There was a shooting at a high school in 2006, reports The Oregonian.

About the author

P. Kim Bui

P. Kim Bui is the deputy managing editor for reported.ly. She’s also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California and co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists.

Her experience in Web journalism includes news organizations such as Digital First Media’s Thunderdome, public media outlet KPCC, the Kansas City Star, APM’s Marketplace and the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She is on the board of directors of the Online News Association, and co-organizes the group’s L.A. contingent. She also is the program chair of V3, a digital media conference in Los Angeles, put on by the Asian American Journalists Association.

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