Obama on mass shooting: ‘Somehow, this has become routine’

2 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; at least 12 killed.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least a dozen people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said.Hours after shots rang out Thursday at Umpqua Community College, the Douglas County sheriff confirmed that the 20-year-old gunman was dead but could not say how many people were shot or confirmed dead. The killer, identified only as a 20-year-old man, invaded a classroom and demanded that people stand up and state their religion before spraying more bullets, one student reported.

Hours after the attack, a visibly angry President Barack Obama spoke to reporters, saying the U.S. is becoming numb to mass shootings and that the shooters have “sickness” in their minds. Repeating his support for tighter gun-control measures, he said thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in such situations because they do nothing to stop similar attacks from happening a few weeks or months later.

The sheriff did not say whether the shooter was killed by officers or took his own life. “We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill told the Roseburg newspaper. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school. “We are a small, tight community, and there is no doubt that we will have staff and students that have family and friends impacted by this event,” he said.

Associated Press writers Steven Dubois in Portland, Oregon; Martha Mendoza in Sana Cruz, California; and Gene Johnson and Donna Blankinship in Seattle contributed to this report.

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