Authorities don’t know the exact motive behind the horrific Umpqua Community College shooting, but the gunman may have been inspired by Columbine. An eyewitness claims Chris Harper Mercer made victims say what their religion was before he killed them.
Why? That’s the question on everyone mind in the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Why did Chris Harper Mercer, 26, open fire on the campus, leaving at least 9 dead and so many more wounded? An eyewitness to the slaughter may have the answer, as a survivor claims the attacker targeted victims based on their religion.
Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old student, was in her Writing 115 class in UCC’s Snyder Hall when the massacre began, reports NRToday. The young girl watched as her teacher was shot in the head, before the gunman told everyone to get down on the ground. One by one, the shooter reportedly told each person to stand up and say their religion before he pulled the trigger. Kortney reportedly saved herself by lying among the bodies of people who were already shot. Army veteran Chris Mintz, 30, was shot 7 times after trying to stop the attack.
This witness’s report mirrors another school shooting. During the 1999 Columbine massacre, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold reportedly asked fellow student Cassie Bernall the question, “Do you believe in God?” When she reportedly responded “Yes,” she was immediately killed. Cassie became famous for standing up for her beliefs, but testimony from other survivors claim Eric and Dylan didn’t talk to Cassie before they shot her.
With Chris reportedly dead, the actual motives behind this senseless killing may never be fully discovered. It’s possible that the killer revealed his plan on an Internet message board the night before the massacre. “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest,” a post reads on the popular anonymous message board, 4Chan.
Before the shooter was “neutralized,” he managed to murder at least 9 people and injure 7 others. He reportedly began his rampage at UCC’s Snyder Hall at 1:44 PM, Eastern Time, near the southeast end of the campus. Though early reports said that the shooter was in custody, he was confirmed dead by Douglas County Sheriff, John Hanlin.
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