SO sad. A gunman named Chris Harper Mercer opened fire at a community college in Oregon and students were understandably terrified as the whole scene unfolded. At least 10 were left dead in the tragic attack, including the shooter, and other students were fleeing the campus in fear while it happened.
Tragedy struck Umpqua Communtiy College in Oregon on Oct. 1, when a shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, 26, began firing shots on campus. One student fearfully tweeted as she fled the scene of the shocking attack. See the tweets here.
“Omg there’s someone shooting on campus,” social media user Kayla Marie wrote on Twitter. “Students are running everywhere. Holy God.” At least 10 people were killed in the shooting — including the shooter — with seven reportedly injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center in the area. The Douglas County Fire Department confirmed on Twitter that the shooter had been apprehended, but they later confirmed that Chris had been killed. Still, a heartbreaking amount of damage had already been done.
After the shooter was in police custody, Kayla updated her Twitter to reveal that people on campus were being transported to safety. “Hi guys. I’m ok. Physically. We’re being bused off campus,” she wrote.
“As of 11:40 am (PT) we are treating six patients from the Umpqua College shooting and we have four more on the way,” a rep for Mercy Medical Center tells HollywoodLife.com “At this time, I can not share any other information on the patins. We are updating our Facebook page as new information becomes available.” By 3:20 ET, the hospital had received nine patients, with three more enroute, according to the Facebook page. The victims were found in multiple classrooms at the college. One male and two females are also sent to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, about an hour away from the college, and as of 4 pm ET, they were set up for three more to arrive.
“At about 10:38 am (PT) today, the 911 center received a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College,” Mary Ann Johnston from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tells HollywoodLife.com. “Police units from multiple jurisdictions have responded. We have no further details at this time. There are no threats at this time.”
A press conference will be held later today to update the public on this tragic situation. Our hearts go out to all the students at UCC, along with all the victims’ family and loved ones.
This story is developing and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
— Alyssa Norwin