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President Obama on 10 Dead in Shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon

At least 10 people were killed and nearly dozen others wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, officials there said.

The latest information on the school shooting in Oregon:
Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, at 10:38 a.m., Thursday local time.
At least 10 people were killed and 10 others wounded, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier, the Oregon attorney general put the number of fatalities at 13 and the wounded at 20.
The shooter, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was killed after a shootout with police, officials said.
According to a witness, the suspect was carrying four guns. A law enforcement source told ABC News four guns were recovered at the scene.

President Obama angrily condemned the shootings and called for stricter gun control.
“Our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” the president said. “It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel.”

According to public records reviewed by Yahoo News, the suspect, Chris Harper Mercer, 26 was previously from the Los Angeles area but most recently had an address in Winchester, Ore., four miles north of Roseburg.

Earlier, CNN reported that investigators are examining social media posts he purportedly made Wednesday night in which he warned others of his intentions.

Update from Sheriff John Hanlin – 7:15 PM – Again, our focus tonight is on the victims and their families. We have paired up deputies and victim specialists with each family as we work through the process of identifying all of the victims.

As we talked about previously – this is considered a mass casualty incident and those protocols mean that we likely will not release any names before tomorrow at the very earliest.

Obviously, notifications of the families is our priority, and we would ask that media respect the victims and their families as they manage these most difficult hours.

Again, any family members who have questions… or those with tips … are encouraged to call 1-800 CALL FBI – option 7.

We have information that leads us to believe we know who the shooter is. The official ID will come from the medical examiner’s office.

Let me be very clear: I will not name the shooter. I will not give him credit for this horrific act of cowardice. Media will get the name confirmed in time… but you will never hear us use it.

We would encourage media and the community to avoid using it, repeating it, or engaging in any glorification and sensationalization of him. He in no way deserves it. Focus your attention on the victims and their families and helping them to recover.

We do know that we have at least two heroic officers who responded into the building within minutes and exchanged gunfire with shooter.

OSP is handling that aspect of the investigation and will release any information about that officer-involved shooting at some point in the future.

Tactical teams and bomb technicians have cleared all of the buildings on campus, and officers are now working to clear the hundreds of vehicles still parked on campus.

Evidence teams from FBI and OSP are working to process the crime scene.

Again, I want to thank the hundreds of law enforcement officers, mental health counselors, victim specialists and others from all over the state who have responded.

We continue to use the #UCCShooting on our twitter account at DouglasCoSO

Further written updates will be posted to our website and to FlashAlertEugene.net

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