What We Know So Far About the Shooting at a Community College in Oregon

Ten people were dead and several more wounded after the horrific attack by a 26-year-old man.

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Oct 1 2015, 6:31pm

UPDATE (10/05): Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters over the weekend that the state medical examiner determined the shooter committed suicide during a confrontation with police.

UPDATE (10/02): As the New York Times reports, the man behind Thursday's mass shooting in Oregon was a 26-year-old named Chris Harper Mercer.

An alleged campus gunman is dead after going on a horrific shooting spree at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday. The New York Times reports ten people were killed and seven wounded. Earlier Thursday, a state police spokesperson told VICE the suspect was in custody, leaving the exact timing and nature of his death unclear.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the shooting was called in to 9-1-1 around 10:38 AM Oregon time. Local news outlets reported that the shooting occurred in the campus's science building, Snyder Hall.

Reuters reported at 12:45 PM local time that Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco had briefed President Obama on the shooting. Obama went on to give a press conference on Thursday evening calling for tougher gun laws. "Each time this happens I'm going to bring this up," he said. "Each time this happens I am going to say we can actually do something about it."

An 18-year-old witness named Kortney Moore spoke to the News Review on Thursday afternoon, saying the shooter asked people in her writing class to state their religion before opening fire. She also said that the teacher of that class was one of the victims, suffering a gunshot to the head.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was among the first major figures in politics to broach the topic of gun control in the aftermath of this shooting when he tweeted, "Now Oregon. We weep again as a nation. Is the answer to our gun violence epidemic to do nothing? Again? Come on America! We solve problems."

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