So scary! Terror train hero Alek Skarlatos was forced to bolt out of his ‘DWTS’ rehearsals on Oct. 1 when he received a call about the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College — his hometown school!
This is just so terrifying. Dancing With The Stars contestant Alek Skarlatos, 22, was in the middle of rehearsals with his partner Lindsay Arnold when he reportedly received a phone call informing him of the tragic shooting that took place at Umpqua Community College — the school he is currently enrolled in. How devastating!
The massacre at the Oregon community college was a tragic affair for all, but it truly hit home for Alek, who is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement at the school. Upon hearing the gut-wrenching news, the Army National Guardsman reportedly bolted from his DWTS rehearsal, as he attempted to make calls back home to ensure his friends were safe, TMZ reports. Shortly after leaving the studio, Alek took to Twitter to ask for his fans’ support writing, “Everyone send prayers out to ucc.”
Everyone send prayers out to ucc
— Alek Skarlatos (@alekskarlatos) October 1, 2015
A horrific incident took place on Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Chris Harper Mercer opened fired on students, and reportedly killed nine people, while also injuring seven others. After opening fire and going from classroom to classroom in Snyder Hall, systematically killing students, Chris became involved in a shootout with police before he was eventually killed.
“The shooter was a male subject. The shooter is deceased,” John Hanlin, Sheriff of Douglas County, County Commissioner said during a press conference. Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler also stated earlier that day: “We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized.” Further eyewitness accounts claim the shooting sounded like “fireworks” and the gunshots lasted for about 60 seconds.
Chris may have revealed his murderous plans on Sept. 30, the night before, in posts on the website 4Chan, according to the NY Daily News. Screenshots taken from the site show that it’s possible he may have chatted with others about his plan to go on a shooting spree. A post read, “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest,” one post reads. Another message was reportedly addressed to “fellow robots” and wished readers “an enjoyable Elliot Rodger day,” which referenced the man who shot and killed six people near the Santa Barbara University campus on May 23, 2014. So awful!
— Alyssa Montemurro