Sheriff identifies shooter in Oregon Campus shooting that left 10 dead

Oct 1, 2015 8:06 PM

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) - Government official: Man who opened fire at Oregon college was Chris Harper Mercer, 26.


ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - Sheriff says 10 killed, 7 injured in shooting at Oregon community college.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says 10 dead and another seven injured is the "best, most accurate information we have at this time."

Earlier, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people were killed in the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

It's unclear what led to the discrepancy. Hanlin has said the gunman died after a shootout with police. He didn't clarify whether the shooter was included in the 10 fatalities.

Hanlin says three people who were critically injured in the shooting have been transferred to hospitals in the Eugene area.

The sheriff overseeing the investigation of an Oregon college shooting has been vocal in opposing state and federal gun-control legislation.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin registered his opposition this year as state lawmakers considered requiring background checks on private, person-to-person gun sales.

Hanlin told a legislative committee in March that a background-check mandate wouldn't prevent criminals from getting firearms.

He said the state should combat gun violence by cracking down on convicted criminals found with guns, and by addressing people with unmanaged mental health issues.

Hanlin also sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, after the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. Hanlin said he and his deputies would refuse to enforce new gun-control restrictions "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens."


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