US: 11 dead, 20 wounded in shooting at Oregon college

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2015 08:22 IST
Friends and family are reunited with students at the local fairgrounds after a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College. (AP)

Eleven people were killed and 20 were injured in a shooting at a community college in a rural part of the Oregon state of the United States Friday morning.

The shooter, a 26-year-old man, when moving from classroom to classroom before being killed in an exchange of gunfire with police officers responding to a 911 emergency call.

The college is in Roseburg, a city of about 22,000 people located about 70 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland, the largest city in the state.

“We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized, a local official told CNN.

Students at the school told multiple news outlets they didn’t hear gunshots, and had no idea the incident, until they were escorted out of the campus by law enforcement officials.

This was the 45th incident of mass shootings at a school in the US this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit set up by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Another group, Mass Shooting Tracker, which defines mass shooting as any incident in which four more people die, has said there have been 294 mass shooting this year.

President Barack Obama was informed of the shooting, and his spokesman Josh Earnest said “sensible steps” to protect communities from gun violence remained a top priority.

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