VIA| A shooting at the campus of Umpqua Community College in the southwest Oregon city of Roseburg has left 13 people confirmed dead and 20 others injured, according to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Early media reports had put the death toll as high as 15.
Roseburg is a city of roughly 22,000 people located about 135 miles south of the Oregon capital of Salem and 180 miles south of Portland. Umpqua Community College has approximately 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students. The school’s campus is on lockdown and is in the process of being cleared by police officers.
A school official was reported as saying that shots rang out from the college’s Snyder Hall.
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The Oregonian newspaper reported that police scanner chatter indicated that the shooter was “down.” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kathy Cross later confirmed that “there is no longer a threat” at the college. Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are currently at the scene in Roseburg. More agents, including a K-9 team, are en route from the agency’s Eugene and Portland offices, an ATF spokesperson told VICE News. The ATF is working closely with local law enforcement. Police have bused students and faculty from the scene to the Douglas County fairgrounds.
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Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has received nine patients, according to the hospital’s updates, with several more on the way. Victims are also expected to be routed to a nearby Veterans Administration medical center and to hospitals in the Eugene/Springfield area, located roughly an hour away. Helicopters from the medical transport service Life Flight are reportedly ready to move critically injured patients from the school.
“We’re trying to prepare for a half-dozen or more victims,” said Jim Godbold, a spokesperson at PeaceHealth Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. He later confirmed that the hospital had received three victims with gunshot wounds: an 18-year-old female, a 34-year-old female, and a third patient whose details are unknown.