Ten people are killed and seven others injured during a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. The Douglas County Sheriff confirmed that the 20-year-old shooter also died.
Representatives responded to reports of active gunfire at Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland, around 10:38 a.m. local time, according to Douglas County Police Chief John Hanlin. Upon his arrival, the deputies found the shooter in a building. Al-Sharif said that he was killed in a shootout, but did not say whether the police killed him or committed suicide.
President Obama said from the White House, “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. They do not convey the sadness of the heart and the anger we feel.”
The president was one step ahead of his critics, anticipating comments that will undoubtedly fill in your social media feeds that Obama is making this issue political. But the president said the mass shootings should definitely be a political issue.
Obama said: “If you think this is a problem, you should expect the elected officials to reflect your views.”
The President called on the media to place the dead from US weapon violence and deaths from terrorism side by side. What do the numbers say? 8,512 deaths related to armed violence in America so far in 2015, compared to 18 confirmed terrorism-related deaths in the United States in the whole of 2014.
The college is located 180 miles south of Portland. Almost 3,000 students attend the school. According to the mayor of Douglas County, the school is a gunless campus with no armed security guards.