Update: Oregon Gunman Identified

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UPDATE: The gunman responsible for the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College has been identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, reports The New York Times. Authorities are now saying that 10 people were killed and seven wounded. Earlier reports had put the death toll at 13.

"He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate,” one official said.

This story was originally published on October 1 at 5:10 p.m.
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Multiple people are reported dead in a mass shooting incident at a community college in Oregon on Thursday morning, with more injured. The Oregon's attorney general listed 13 fatalities just after 4:25 p.m. EDT, but Douglas County Sheriff John Hamlin said he could not confirm that number.

The attack took place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR.


The shooter is dead, killed in police crossfire, according to Sherrif Hamlin. The gunman is reported to be a white 20-year-old man who may have posted about the shooting in an online forum last night. CNN reports that the man started the shooting in one building, went to a second, and seemed to be familiar with the campus.

Calls to 911 began coming in at 10:38 a.m. local time. A student at the school called the scene chaotic, with "students running everywhere."

"We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized," Ray Shoufler, the Douglas County Fire Marshal, told CNN.

Emergency responders from multiple jurisdictions were dispatched, including ATF agents from Portland with canine units. Students were checked as they were escorted off campus and bussed to a local fairground.

Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley shared their condolences with the victims and their loved ones on social media.

Roseburg is a small town about 180 miles south of Portland. Umpqua Community College, where the incident occurred, enrolls about 3,000 full-time and 16,000 part-time students. UCC's Facebook page describes the campus as being "nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley" and calls the school "the regional center for higher education."

Students had just returned to campus for the 2015 school year.

This the 45th school shooting in the United States this year, according to stats compiled by Everytown, and the 142nd since the massacre at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.

This is a breaking story, check back for updates.

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