Oregon

Note: Even though most of the media as well as the White House have refused to call this a hate crime, religious persecution, the truth is this shooter in Oregon specifically targeted Christians for his rage. It has begun. There is more to come beloved! Pray for all of those impacted by this senseless tragedy.

Pastor Kevin

End Times News Update
Sign: Believers Persecuted
Scripture: Matthew 24:8
News Source: CNN
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Oregon shooting: Gunman dead after college rampage

By Dana Ford and Ed Payne, CNN
Updated 11:47 PM ET, Thu October 1, 2015

(CNN)[Breaking news update 11:38 p.m. ET]

The gunman who opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College
targeted Christians specifically, according to the father of a wounded
student.

Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father and
brother the gunman entered her classroom firing. The professor in the
classroom was shot point blank. Others were hit, she told her family.

Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.

The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand
up if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.

“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,'”
Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

“And then he shot and killed them.”

[Last update posted at 11:28 p.m. ET]

(CNN ) — Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s
Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet
another mass shooting.

Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas
County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put
the number of people hurt much higher.

Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation
identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.
Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they
said.

“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the
credit he probably sought.”

Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping
the death toll from climbing higher.

A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him
and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for
a prolonged gunfight.

Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings
on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on
campus.

Huddled together

Cassandra Welding is a student at the Roseburg campus and was in class
when the shooting started.

“I heard a popping noise, almost like a balloon popping,” she told
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I knew something wasn’t right and so I get down.”

She said all of the students in her classroom dropped to the ground.
They huddled together behind backpacks and chairs, underneath tables.

“We locked the doors, turned off the lights, and we were all pretty
much in panic mode,” Welding said.

“We called 911 and called our parents, our loved ones … We didn’t
know what was going to happen, if those were our last words or not.”

The shooting

The shooting appears to have started in one building before the gunman
moved to the school’s science building, a source with knowledge of the
investigation told CNN. Those killed and wounded were found in at
least two classrooms.

“We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law
enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized,” said
Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler.

He told CNN that two patients died while being transported to a hospital.

Mercy Medical Center posted on Facebook that it had received 10
patients. The extent of their injuries was not known.

Three female victims were at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
at RiverBend in Springfield, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the hospitals’ numbers conflicted with
the figure provided by Sheriff Hanlin.

A law enforcement official told CNN three pistols and one rifle
believed to have belonged to the suspect were recovered at the scene.

ATF agents were also on scene and canine teams were en route to search
for explosives, fire arms casings and ammunition, a spokesman said.
FBI agents were en route.

The community

Roseburg is a city of about 22,000 people about 70 miles south of
Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland.

The school itself is up on a hill outside the city center, according
to Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst who lives nearby. Francona
said that logging is a big industry in the region, which is fairly
rural but easily accessible from Interstate 5.

Oregon shooting shatters ‘peaceful’ enclave

“This is so out of character for this whole area,” he said.

News of the shooting quickly reached Washington, with the state’s
senior senator, Ron Wyden, visibly shaken and Sen. Jeff Merkley
tweeting that he was praying for the victims and their families.

Oregon shooting: Gunman dead after college rampage
By Dana Ford and Ed Payne, CNN
Updated 11:47 PM ET, Thu October 1, 2015 | Video Source: CNN

Story highlights

Multiple officials identify the shooter as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer
Ten people were killed and another seven were injured, sheriff says
Thoughts and prayers are “not enough,” says President Barack Obama

(CNN)[Breaking news update 11:38 p.m. ET]

The gunman who opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College
targeted Christians specifically, according to the father of a wounded
student.

Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father and
brother the gunman entered her classroom firing. The professor in the
classroom was shot point blank. Others were hit, she told her family.

Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.

The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand
up if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.

“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,'”
Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

“And then he shot and killed them.”

[Last update posted at 11:28 p.m. ET]

(CNN ) — Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s
Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet
another mass shooting.

Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas
County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put
the number of people hurt much higher.

Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation
identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.
Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they
said.

“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the
credit he probably sought.”

Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping
the death toll from climbing higher.

A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him
and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for
a prolonged gunfight.

Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings
on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on
campus.

Huddled together

Cassandra Welding is a student at the Roseburg campus and was in class
when the shooting started.

“I heard a popping noise, almost like a balloon popping,” she told
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I knew something wasn’t right and so I get down.”

She said all of the students in her classroom dropped to the ground.
They huddled together behind backpacks and chairs, underneath tables.

“We locked the doors, turned off the lights, and we were all pretty
much in panic mode,” Welding said.

“We called 911 and called our parents, our loved ones … We didn’t
know what was going to happen, if those were our last words or not.”

The shooting

The shooting appears to have started in one building before the gunman
moved to the school’s science building, a source with knowledge of the
investigation told CNN. Those killed and wounded were found in at
least two classrooms.

“We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law
enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized,” said
Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler.

He told CNN that two patients died while being transported to a hospital.

Multiple guns found at scene of UCC shooting 01:51

Mercy Medical Center posted on Facebook that it had received 10
patients. The extent of their injuries was not known.

Three female victims were at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
at RiverBend in Springfield, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the hospitals’ numbers conflicted with
the figure provided by Sheriff Hanlin.

A law enforcement official told CNN three pistols and one rifle
believed to have belonged to the suspect were recovered at the scene.

ATF agents were also on scene and canine teams were en route to search
for explosives, fire arms casings and ammunition, a spokesman said.
FBI agents were en route.

The community

Roseburg is a city of about 22,000 people about 70 miles south of
Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland.

The school itself is up on a hill outside the city center, according
to Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst who lives nearby. Francona
said that logging is a big industry in the region, which is fairly
rural but easily accessible from Interstate 5.

Oregon shooting shatters ‘peaceful’ enclave

“This is so out of character for this whole area,” he said.

News of the shooting quickly reached Washington, with the state’s
senior senator, Ron Wyden, visibly shaken and Sen. Jeff Merkley
tweeting that he was praying for the victims and their families.

U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation and will
continue to receive updates throughout the day.

He pushed for a change in gun laws when he spoke to reporters about
the shooting Thursday.

“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My
response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation
in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this,” he said.

The President continued: “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.
It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger
that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from
being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple
months from now.”

The school

A picturesque campus in the North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua
Community College prides itself on a “a peaceful, safe atmosphere, and
year-round recreational activities,” according to its website.

It’s not a traditional institution of higher learning, as the average
age of its 13,600 students was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year.
Only 740 of those were full time, 2,437 were part time and more than
10,000 fell under the umbrella of “community education.”

It first began teaching classes out of rented facilities in 1961.
Elton and Ruth Jackson donated 98.5 acres to house the campus in 1965.

The school will be closed until Monday as a result of the shooting.

The interim leader of Umpqua Community College called Thursday “the
saddest day in the history of the college.”

Source: CNN
URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/01/us/oregon-college-shooting/index.html

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