ROSEBURG, Ore. — At least a dozen are dead and over 20 injured after a gunman opened fire at a community college in Oregon today, reportedly asking students to state their religion before spraying the room with bullets.
The incident occurred after 10 A.M. at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, approximately 180 miles south of Portland, and is believed to have been contained to a classroom in the science building.
Student Kortney Moore, 18, told News Review-Today that a bullet flew through the window of her writing class and she looked up to see her teacher being shot in the head. She said that the gunman then told everyone to get on the ground, and asked students to stand up and state their religion.
While it is unknown as to whether any students followed the latter of his instructions, 13 students are dead from the massacre. Approximately 20 others were taken to the hospital; their condition is not yet known.
911 audio footage captured dispatchers asking for “as many ambulances as possible to this incident we have upwards of 20 victims.”
“I was walking to my class and I heard something, but you don’t really think it’s going to be a shooting. I got to class and they told me we were on lockdown, we went into the corner and turned the lights off,” student Courtney Rennie told MSNBC. “You prepare for situations like this 100 times, but you don’t actually think it will happen.”
“Umpqua is the only higher education facility in the county,” also outlined to reporters. “It is a peaceful community. We have our share of crime like any small community, but obviously it is a shock to the whole community to have this level of incident.”
The shooter exchanged gunfire with police, and is now deceased. It is unclear as of press time whether the gunman was killed by police or turned his weapon on himself. Witnesses state that an estimated 75 police cars descended upon the scene following report of the shooting.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that students and faculty were “bused to the Douglas County Fairgrounds” and could be “picked up there.”
“While it is still too early to know all of the facts, I know I am joined by my fellow Oregonians and Americans in profound dismay and heartbreak at this tragedy,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement.
The identity of the gunman has not yet been released, but is stated to be a 20-year-old male.