Others weren’t as fortunate. She said she kept “two full mags in my Glock case…No one will be “dropping” by my house uninvited”. Others were killed after being told to crawl across the floor.
“My success in Hell is assured”, Harper-Mercer added.
It’s been reported anonymously by law enforcement officials that the flash drive contained a two-page manifesto from Harper-Mercer.
More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including his daughter 18-year-old Lacey, who cried while sitting in the front row with her mother.
“Someone asked me, ‘Can you forgive the shooter?'” said Scroggins to the congregation. “Give it to the police”.
An American pastor has told of his “family’s hero”, a young male student shot in the Oregon school shooting who covered his daughter with his body.
Next to her in the classroom was 20-year-old Treven Anspach, who had been shot.
A teenager survived a mass shooting at an Oregon college because the gunman believed she was dead, her father said. The authorities have not released the contents of notes left by him.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Signs calling for prayers and remembrance for those killed in a fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College, are seen on a pair of local businesses, Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore.
However, conflicting reports emerged about Harper-Mercer’s words as he shot his victims.
Stephanie Salas, the mother of Rand McGowan, another student who survived, said she was told by her son that the shooter asked victims whether they were religious but did not specifically target Christians.
“Don’t worry, you’re the one who is going to survive”, the shooter allegedly told Pastor Randy Scroggins’s daughter.
He said, ” “You’re the one that gets to live today.
The gunman, his background and his motive for the shooting are under investigation, Hanlin said.
It is unclear why Mercer carried out the killings.
Mercer said this past Saturday that their son had to have “some kind of issue” with his mental health, while expressing disbelief at authorities’ statement that he was able to acquire 13 guns before mounting his attack.
The victims ranged in age from 18 to 67. They were sons and daughters, spouses and parents.
“Other people think I’m insane, but I’m not”.
“I needed to be here”, said student Madysen Sanchez.
She posted several times that her son had Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism.
Officials have said they recovered 14 firearms belonging to Chris Harper, including six that were found at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, scene of last week’s carnage.
Having now spoken after 15 such senseless killings during his administration, Obama again called for “common sense” legislation aimed at preventing gun violence, and he mocked opponents of past initiatives he has pushed.
Survivors had previously suggested that Mercer had left a message for police.