Detectives are continuing their investigation trying to uncover the motive for the deadly rampage.
Others weren’t as fortunate. He said his hospital received 10 patients. “Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured”, the statement read.
As noted, authorities haven’t yet made any comments on why Chris Harper-Mercer did what he did.
Authorities have not disclosed whether they have such a package, but law enforcement sources told CBS News on Friday a manifesto of several pages had been recovered.
The father of the Oregon college gunman told CNN he “has to have a few kind of issue” with his mental health to have killed nine people execution-style and wondered how he amassed such a large cache of weapons.
Those who knew the shooter described an awkward loner.
A GUNMAN who killed nine people at a college in the USA had images of the IRA on his social media profile.
Lacey Scroggins also spoke about students being ordered to crawl to the middle of the room before being shot. While she lay bleeding on the floor, the gunman called out to her, “Hey you, blond woman”, her mother said.
She played dead – and survived.
He said: “And they would stand up and he said, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second”.
Federal law enforcement officials told The New York Times they were examining an online conversation on the anonymous message board 4chan that was posted the night before the shooting. Asked on Saturday if the shooter had handed a “box” or other materials to anyone at the scene, Sheriff Hanlin said he did not know. A witness reports he asked students what their religions were before he began shooting.
“And then he shot and killed them”.
Derrick McClendon, another former L.A.-area neighbor of Harper-Mercer’s, described him as a “bashful” and “timid” man who kept to himself. In the statement the family said the “amazing” teen, who was studying chemistry at the college, loved animals and soccer.
The sentiments, most certainly, are heartfelt, and yet they are empty somehow, because in all these months and years since similar shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Fort Hood and Charleston, such words ring hollow, because they have become as commonplace as our politicians’ predictable inability to do anything substantive, or anything at all, to make Americans safe from gun violence. At the time of Chris’ death, three officers were on the scene: two Roseburg police department officers and one Oregon state trooper.
Within two minutes of their arrival, the Roseburg detectives got into a shootout with Harper-Mercer just outside Snyder Hall.
In an interview with CNN, Ian Mercer also wondered “how on earth” his son could have amassed so many weapons, Reuters reported. They remained quiet and did not open the door. Beloved sons and daughters.
Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought at least six guns and five ammunition magazines when he went to the campus that morning.
He apparently demanded to know his victims’ religious beliefs before opening fire. His 26-year-old son had been living in Oregon.
After his parents divorced when he was about 16, he lived with his mother, Laurel Harper, a nurse who fiercely protected him from, among other things, the neighborhood sounds of loud children and barking dogs.