The 26-year-old, who was shot dead by police after a shootout at the Umpqua Community College, had expressed a disdain for religion online and had also expressed support for the IRA. Harper-Mercer and his mother previously lived in Torrance before moving to an apartment in Winchester, Oregon.The profile on the social media site features a photo of a smiling Harper-Mercer holding a gun.
Bronte Hart, a neighbour in Harper-Mercer’s community of Winchester, said he would “sit by himself in the dark in the balcony with this little light”. He died after exchanging gunfire with responding officers. There were originally conflicting reports about the shooter, but MSNBC was able to confirm his identify on the night of October. 1.
“I wouldn’t have suspected him to be a troubled person”, he said.
The teenager said she saw her teacher shot in the head. He posted the footage on facebook and twitter as well tweeting while he was running from the cops because he wanted the world to see his actions, much like many others post menial and trivial details of their life online and expect us to see it. Only his was at least a bit more interesting.
Jessica Chandler was at the fairgrounds desperately seeking information about her 18-year-old daughter, Rebecka Carnes.
As I’m sure you all know, a few days ago there was a shooting in Virginia. I don’t know if she’s wounded. “I have no idea where she’s at”, Chandler said.
“This is a tragedy and an anomaly”, she said. In fact, it’s no stranger to school gun violence.
Four guns were recovered from the crime scene, including three pistols and a type of semiautomatic rifle, people familiar with the investigation told The Post.
The school made counselors available for students.
Meanwhile, the Oregon attack is said to have triggered an impassionate response from President Barack Obama. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the college was not immediately returned.
His blog documents an interest in mass shootings, including a recent post about the gunman who killed two U.S. journalists live on air in August. It was not immediately clear what, if any, connection Mercer had to the college, a two-year school with an enrollment of just over 3,000 students. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. The final video uploaded from his account was a the BBC’s “Surviving Sandy Hook”, a documentary about the school shooting in Newtown, CT, in 2012.
Roseburg is in Douglas County, a politically conservative region west of the Cascade Range where people like to hunt and fish and pursue other outdoor activities.