In a few brutal minutes, a 26-year-old man turned Roseburg, Oregon’s Umpqua Community College into the site of the state’s deadliest mass shooting, reports The Oregonian. It was a rampage so violent police pleaded for “as many ambulances as possible” and President Obama went on national TV to argue, again, for tougher gun laws. The gunman shot and killed nine people before dying himself after a firefight with officers. “There’s been another mass shooting in America, this time at a community college in Oregon,” Obama said. “It means there are more American families — moms, dads, children — whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief …”
The gunman, identified as Chris Harper Mercer, entered an Introduction to Expository Writing class around 10:30 a.m. yesterday. He carried a “long gun,” according to radio calls between police and emergency dispatchers, and up to three handguns. The shooting began immediately. Across campus, in adjacent classrooms, administrative offices, the cafeteria and the bookstore, hundreds of other students abandoned their textbooks, cell phones and computers in a mad race for cover as “pop, pop, pop” echoed. English instructor Jenny Friedman counted 15 shots.