Nine people were killed and seven others were injured after a shooter entered and opened fire at a rural community college in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter was eventually killed in a classroom after a firefight with police who arrived soon after the shooting began.
Authorities later identified the shooter as 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer. Police believe he opened fire in a classroom, killing students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College.
On Friday, Oregon State Police revealed that Mercer was enrolled at the college and targeted his classmates in the shooting.
Authorities also released the names of those killed in the attack. They were identified as:
Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18
Quinn Glenn Cooper, 18
Lucas Eibel, 18
Lucero Alcaraz, 19
Treven Taylor Anspach, 20
Jason Johnson, 33
Sarena Dawn Moore, 44
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59
Lawrence Levine, 67
According to the News-Review of Roseburg, Oregon, 18-year-old Kortney Moore, a witness to the shooting, said a shot came through a window and she saw her teacher get shot in the head. Moore was in a writing class at the time and said the shooter entered the classroom and told people to get on the ground.
Moore added that the shooter asked people to stand and state their religion before opening fire. She was also on the ground with others who had been shot.
Other witnesses told of a chaotic scene, describing students fleeing the building as shots rang out while were in lockdown in neighboring buildings. One witness told the News-Review he saw one student swim across a creek to safety.
Students trapped at the scene, updated statuses onto social media.
By Thursday afternoon, investigators flooded Mercer’s home and collected evidence including several firearms and a computer. Authorities described writings by Mercer that he had written in various online sites as “hateful” according to a report in The New York Times.