Up to 10 killed by shooter at Ore. community college – USA TODAY
As many as 10 people were killed and 20 injured when aÂ shooterÂ opened fireÂ at Umpqua Community College Thursday in southern Oregon, according to Oregon State Police.
The shooter was downed, according to authorities, but his condition was not immediately clear. PoliceÂ told KGW-TV that seven to 10 people were dead in the shooting spree.
Roseburg Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar told USA TODAY that the incident was contained to one classroom on the sprawling campus.
Six agenciesâthe Douglas County Sheriffâs Department, Oregon State Police, Bureau of Land Management officers as well as police officers from Roseburg, Sutherlin, and Winston â respondedÂ to the scene after getting a rush of 911 calls reporting the mass casualty shooting.
Police received a call of an active shooter in aÂ classroom at the college at 10:30 a.m., local time,Â Â according to the DouglasÂ County Sheriffâs Office
“Active shooter at UCC. Please stay away from the area,” Â Fire District No. 2 that serves Douglas County said on Twitter.
Jared Norman, a nursing student at UCC, told The (Roseburg) News-Review that he heard shots âand then everyone was running.â
He was initially locked down in a cafeteria with 50 other students. âTheyâve heard there is a shooting, but they donât know whatâs going on. And theyâre scared,â he said.
âWe locked our door and I went out to lock up the rest rooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,â UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis OâNeill told the newspaper.
The News-ReviewÂ also reported that an automated phone call went out to parents at Roseburg School District at 11:42 a.m. PT., informing them of the shooting.
Sara Mattison, a reporter for KVAL television, said she could see a female student covered in blood get into a car and leave the campus. Mattison also saw parents crying and looking for their children at the campus.
Sean Clark, a spokesman for Roseburg Health Care System, told KATU television that the hospital called in extra doctors and other staffers from other shifts to care for wounded in the attack.
TheÂ federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Â Firearms and Explosives tweeted that it had special agents at the college and was sending additional agents, as well as a K-9 team, to the scene.
The college, 6Â miles north of Roseburg, Ore., normally has 3,000 full-time students and 16,000 part-timers.Â Â AuthoritiesÂ quickly spread the word and called on residents and students not to go to the campus.
According to the Oregon State PoliceÂ scanner traffic, authorities were preparing to release students from their classrooms, but asked that they be “patted down” before they were allowed to leave campus.
The college, established in 1964, has 16 buildings, and the campus includes a track, tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a vineyard.
The 100-acre campus is situated on verdant pasture along the North Umpqua River. In 2010, the school started construction on a $6.7 million viticulture building that now houses the Southern Oregon Wine Institute, which is a state of the art wine production and teaching facility.
Contributing: Aamer Madhani, Greg Toppo