Nine Dies In College Shooting At US State Of Oregon

A gunman went on a shooting rampage at a collegein the US state of Oregon, killing nine people and wounding seven before he died in a shootout with police. Authorities initially said more had died in Thursday’s shooting but the Sheriff’s department corrected this.

Aljazeera has ore:

A visibly angry President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea for gun control in the wake of the shooting,blasting Congress for its failure to act in the face of “routine” mass killings.

The shooter – identified by US media as Chris Harper Mercer, 26 – opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in rural Roseburg, and moved to other rooms methodically gunning down his victims, witnesses said. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said nine people were killed and seven were injured, several critically. He said the victims’ identities would notbe released for at least 24 hours.

Witnesses quoted in US media described scenes of terror and panic asthe tragedy unfolded. One man whose daughter was wounded told CNN that the gunman ordered students to stand up if they were Christian and then shotthem. “They would stand up and he said

‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second’,” Stacy Boylan told CNN, relaying his daughter Ana’s account.

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