Shooting at Rural Oregon Community College, Gunman Dead

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the gunman in a deadly mass shooting at a community college was a 20-year-old man.

A student at the college says the gunman shot her teacher and asked others in her classroom about their religion before spraying more bullets.

Eighteen-year-old Kortney Moore of Rogue River tells the Roseburg News-Review newspaper that she was in a writing class at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday when a shot came through a window.

The gunman entered her classroom and told people to get on the ground.

Moore says the man started asking people to stand up and state their religion and then opened fire.

The shooting left 13 people dead and at least 20 injured.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says authorities responded and exchanged gunfire with the man. He says the shooter died at the scene, but he didn't say whether the man killed himself or was shot by police.

Hanlin says authorities received calls from the college at about 10:30 a.m. reporting an active shooter in one of the classrooms.

Officers responded and found the gunman on campus. Hanlin says they exchanged gunfire with the man, and he died in or near a classroom.

Meanwhile, the FBI says it's sending teams to Roseburg to assist.

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed by his homeland security adviser on the deadly shooting.

At the president's request, he'll continue to receive updates throughout the day.

The sheriff's office says students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says he's "absolutely heartbroken" about the shooting. Merkley says he's been in touch with local officials to express his condolences and offer assistance.

Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the school wasn't immediately returned.

Roseburg is about 180 miles south of Portland.



 
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