Survivors of the massacre at Umpqua Community College painted a horrific picture when they revealed details from the mass shooting. One survivor recalled seeing a student frantically swim across the creek to flee the scene of the crime.
As students and faculty members of Umpqua Community College desperately tried to flee when a mass shooting erupted on Oct. 1, some were unfortunately stuck in the same building as the shooter. The students who were in the same building as the shooter — identified as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, — recalled seeing “people screaming” and quickly evacuated Snyder Hall to get away from the terrifying situation.
Hannah Miles, a student in a classroom next to the shooting, recalled hearing what sounded like a yardstick being slapped on a chalkboard. Her instructor, Amy Fair, went to check on the situation next door before the slapping sound started going off repeatedly. At that point, Amy realized what was going on and instructed everyone to get out of the classroom. The professor then proceeded to alert other ongoing classes in the same building about the situation. “I think she saved us,” Hannah said to USA Today. “She saved us all.” Other eyewitnesses claimed that the shooter asked victims about their religious beliefs before gunning them down.
Brady Winder, 23, another student, revealed he was also in a room close to the shooting. He told NRToday.com that he heard a series of gunshots and saw students running out of the front door. Brady said the people exiting the building were “like ants, and people screaming.” He also reportedly saw a girl swim across the creek while fleeing from the scene of the crime. Meanwhile, UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill started locking up the building he was in. “We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” Dennis told NRToday.com.
President Obama Responds To UCC Shooting
Although President Barack Obama, 54, sympathized with the Roseburg community, he couldn’t help but give an angry statement regarding the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1. Not only did the President say that “thoughts and prayers” aren’t enough to help out the community, he also said mass shootings like these are becoming routine and that’s a problem. “Somehow this has become routine,” the president said. “The reporting has become routine. My response here, from this podium, has become routine.” He took the tragedy as an opportunity to bring up the issue of gun control and how Congress needs to pass stricter laws regarding assault weapons.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and Roseburg community.
— Michelle Phi