Thirteen were dead and more than 20 injured in a massacre at a community college in rural Oregon Thursday.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said in a news conference the gunman is dead after exchanging gunfire with officers at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded after the report of an active shooter came in at 10:38 a.m. PT. He declined to confirm whether the suspect was a student.
Hanlin would only describe the shooter as male, but Oregon Gov. Kate Brown confirmed in a simultaneous press conference that the shooter was a 20-year-old male.
Hanlin also declined to confirm the number of injuries and fatalities, despite Rosenblum’s statements.
Mercy Medical Center, the local hospital in Roseberg, posted online that nine patients from the shooting were transported to the hospital, and three more were en route. All expected victims had arrived by about 4:15 p.m. ET.
Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler said on CNN the shooting occurred inside a classroom, which KATU reported was in Snyder Hall.
Officials were in the process of evacuating campus and searching the campus buildings.
Police search students outside Umpqua Community College. (Mike Sullivan/Roseburg News-Review via AP)
Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson told The Oregonian that the report came in around 10:40 a.m.
UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill told NR Today he heard multiple shots fired.
“We locked our door and I went out to lock up the rest rooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” he said.
Roseburg is a town of about 22,000 located 70 miles south of Eugene, Ore. About 3,300 full time and 16,000 part time students attend the two-year college.
Watch KATU’s live broadcast, via The Washington Post, below:
This story has been updated.