A shooter described as a 20-year-old man asked students to state their religion before opening fire and killing multiple people and injuring even more at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday.
Preliminary information indicates 13 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in the shooting, according to Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate.
According to local media reports, the shooter asked students to state their religion and then started firing.
News Review reports:
Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.
NBC reports the gunman was killed in a firefight with Douglas County sheriff’s deputies. No officers were injured.
A law enforcement official told CNN four guns believed to have belonged to the suspect were recovered at the scene.
Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler said:
We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized.
Students said the shootings occurred in a classroom building called Snyder Hall.
No information on the religious affiliation of the shooter is currently available. This is a developing story. Expect updates.