Yet another mass shooting has occurred on a US college campus. Initial reports state that 10 people have been killed and more than 20 others injured at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. The shooting took place on Thursday October 1st, said Oregon State Police representative Bill Fugate.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that they responded to reports of a shooting at Umpqua Community College at 10:38 a.m. local time today. Police say the shooter has been apprehended but cannot confirm if he has been injured. Students and members of the faculty are being transported to a nearby fairground site to be picked up by relatives. FBI and ATF agents are responding to the scene and are traveling great distances to get there due to the remote location. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has offered up a chopper from Blaine, Washington which will transport additional ATF agents and a K-9 to the scene.
Lorie Andrews, 57, lives on Songbird Court across the street from the campus. She was sitting on her back porch Thursday morning when she heard several shots. Minutes later, she said, cop car after cop car started flooding the area. Multiple ambulances were seen bringing patients to Mercy Medical Center in the area. Roseburg is a city of about 22,000 people located about 70 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland. The college is located on the North Umpqua River and serves Roseburg and the greater Douglas County area. There are eighteen buildings on campus.
The US has seen dozens of school mass shootings over the past years. From Columbine to Newtown, these senseless massacres which have taken the lives of hundreds children and teenagers. Meanwhile, Congress has yet to pass stricter gun control laws to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. As reported by Curiosity Aroused, 85 Americans are killed by a firearm everyday in the United States, a whopping 31,000 gun related deaths a year. This staggering number has yet to convince lawmakers to find common ground on gun control issues. The National Rifleman Association (NRA), one of the most powerful lobby groups in the country, continues to put 2nd amendment rights of gun owners ahead of the lives of shooting victims.