Up to 10 feared dead in Oregon school shooting

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Up to 10 feared dead in Oregon school shooting
Posted on: October 01, 2015, 09:18:23 PM
Up to 10 people were reported killed and 20 wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a rural community college in the US state of Oregon Thursday, as officials said the shooter had been neutralized.

Authorities said the shooting took place in classrooms within the science building at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

The gunman reportedly shot his victims methodically and moved from one classroom to the next.

It was not initially clear whether the assailant was still alive.

Between seven and 10 people were killed and at least 20 injured, local news network KATU quoted Oregon State Police Lieutenant Bill Fugate as saying.

CNN, citing local officials, said one woman was shot in the chest.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation in Roseburg, and asked to be updated as it unfolds, a US official said.

The college was immediately placed on lockdown as firefighters, police and concerned parents rushed to the site.

Douglas County fire Marshall Ray Shoufler said firefighters had evacuated 11 wounded people from the college, of whom two had died.

He said there were “multiple patients in multiple classrooms” and a triage center was set up to evacuate the most seriously injured.

Shoufler described Roseburg as a small close-knit rural community with many locals attending the college which caters to some 3,300 students.

“Most of us have relatives taking classes here,” he said. “Pretty much everybody knows everybody type scenario.

“So something like this affects many, many, many people.”




 

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