At least 13 dead, 20 injured in American college shooting

KEY POINTS

  • Gunman, 20, opened fire at a school killing at least 13 people
     
  • At least 20 others are hurt
     
  • The school has about 3000 students, in a town of 20,000.
     
  • It is thought to be the 45th school shooting in the US since the Sandy Hook massacre

     

WITNESSES on Thursday described how a small town of 20,000 was transformed in America's latest community to be reeling from gun violence.

Roseberg, situated two hours south from Portland, erupted in chaos early Thursday morning when a shooter opened fire at the local college.

"I heard the shots and I thought it was fireworks," Lori Andrews, whose lives opposite Umpqua Community College, told The Independent. "It went on for about a minute."

Mrs Williams said the town was close-knit and quiet, a place where "everyone knew one another".
 

"This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loves ones because of our inaction. When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it safes lives. The notion that gun violence is somehow different—that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt, and protect their families, and do everything they do under such regulations—doesn't make sense." —President Obama on the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon: http://go.wh.gov/7Gk8Eh #UCCShooting

Posted by The White House on Thursday, 1 October 2015

She said she had rushed to the gates of the college, and saw at least seven ambulances with their sirens flashing.

She saw one female student was being escorted out, wrapped in a blanket and covered in blood.

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Several witnesses began tweeting what they saw while fleeing the school shooting.

Mrs Williams said the town had been placed under lock-down. Students were being bussed, to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to be picked up by family members.

"We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus," UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O'Neill told the News-Review.

Luke Rogers, a college student, told CNN, shooting had started in the science block.

 Authorities respond to a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Authorities respond to a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP

Brady Winder, 23, of Portland, told the News-Review that he was in the next room when he heard a loud thud. He the heard a series of gunshots. He then heard a percussion of gunshots and the students all fled out the front door. They left "like ants, and people screaming". He saw a girl swim across the creek while fleeing.

Hannah Miles was in a class room next door to the shooting in Snyder Hall. Miles said they heard a sound next door that sounded like a yardstick slapping on a chalkboard. Then they heard the noise again. A teacher went to see if everything was all right, at which point it went off repeatedly and someone said everybody get out now.

They left "like ants, people screaming, "Get out!" Winder said.

He saw a girl swim across the creek while fleeing.

Hannah Miles was in a class room next door to the shooting in Snyder Hall. Miles said they heard a sound next door that sounded like a yardstick slapping on a chalkboard. Then they heard the noise again. A teacher went to see if everything was all right, at which point it went off repeatedly and someone said everybody get out now. They got out a

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying that police units from multiple jurisdictions have responded to the scene.

Marilyn Kittleman, a mother of student, told the broadcaster that her son was all right but was still waiting to be evacuated.



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