At least 10 people were killed by a 2o-year-old gunman at a school shooting in Oregon.
BBC reports that the gunman “opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College” which left 10 people dead.
Lorie Andrews, a local resident who lives near the campus, told BBC that she thought the gunshots were “fireworks.” She was surprised to see “students streaming out” of the Roseburg campus.
“One girl came out wrapped in a blanket with blood on her,” according to Andrews.
Hannah Miles, a student, recalls that upon hearing the gunshots, they locked themselves inside the classroom. A man was heard saying, “Come out, come out,” as mentioned on the site.
CNN mentions that the shooting “appears to have started in one building” before the gunman moved to the campus’ Science building. Students who were killed and injured were found in at least two classrooms. Some have died on their way to the hospital.
The gunman, who used a “long gun” according to reports, has died in an exchange of gun fires with the police at the campus.
Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler told CNN, “We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized.”
The police are reported to be looking into investigating the suspect through social media.
A conversation has been found on 4chan about a writer “planning to carry out a shooting.” Some responded by giving suggestions while another called the writer “a pathetic loser.”
A post was also found which says, “This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news. I’m so insignificant.” This is suspected to be written by the gunman, according to CNN reports.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has “ordered flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday.”
Hanlin told CNN “It’s been a terrible day. At this point, it’s a very active scene. It’s a very active investigation.”
In his televised statement at the White House, President Obama was frustrated with the incident, saying that the shootings have become a routine. He urged the voters to prioritize gun safety.
“If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views.” says Obama.