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Oregon Gunman 'Kicked Out of Army for Suicide Attempt'

Details emerge of police heroism during mass shooting

(Newser) - A missed chance? Oregon mass shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer was kicked out of the military for trying to kill himself, but that didn't affect his ability to buy guns, law enforcement sources tell the Wall Street Journal . An Army spokeswoman tells the BBC that Harper-Mercer, who was 26 at the... More »

Carson Scoffs at 'Silliness' Over Ore. Shooting Comments

Says he wasn't judging victims' actions, just looking at the 'big picture'

(Newser) - Ben Carson is doubling down after catching flak for comments he made about gun control after last week's UCC shooting in Oregon . Reaction to the ensuing hubbub:
  • In a Facebook Q&A Monday, Carson said, "There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking—but I never
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Oregon Shooter's Mom Boasted About Guns

She spoke about open-carry laws, Asperger's on social media

(Newser) - Laurel Harper boasted online about having guns for protection, but it was her son who turned out to be the most dangerous person in the community. In social media postings, mostly on Yahoo Answers, Christopher Harper-Mercer's mother, a nurse, doled out medical advice, as well as spoke about guns... More »

Oregon Shooter Ranted About Lack of Girlfriend

He thought other people were 'crazy,' police source says

(Newser) - The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college said in writings he left behind that everyone else was "crazy" and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official says. The official—who is familiar with the ongoing investigation but wasn't authorized to speak... More »

Trump: Mass Shooters Are Sick 'Geniuses'

Guns aren't the problem, he says

(Newser) - Mass shootings in America aren't a gun problem, they're a mental health problem, according to Donald Trump. He told a rally in Nashville on Saturday that "it's not the guns, it's the people. It's these sick people," the AP reports. "Many states... More »

Oregon Gunman Gave 'Lucky One' a Message

Christopher Harper-Mercer handed over an envelope, parents say

(Newser) - Details are emerging on the grisly mass murder at an Oregon college—including reports that the shooter gave one "lucky" student a message for authorities before killing nine people and taking his own life , reports the AP . Gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer handed over an envelope and said that student "... More »

Jeb Bush Taking Flak for 'Stuff Happens' Remark

Democrats slam comment on Oregon shooting

(Newser) - Jeb Bush took a lot of flak Friday for a few words on the Oregon mass shooting that a spokeswoman says were taken out of context. "Stuff happens, there's always a crisis," Bush said while speaking about the government response to the incident. He said authorities should... More »

Here Are the Victims of the Oregon School Shooting

They range in age from 18 to 67

(Newser) - On Friday, authorities identified the nine victims of Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the AP reports. The victims range in age from 18 to 67. According to KING , in a city of only 20,000 people it's likely everyone knows the victims or someone... More »

Oregon Shooter Was Enrolled in Class Where Shootings Occurred

All 13 guns found were purchased legally

(Newser) - The man who killed nine people at an Oregon community college Thursday was enrolled in the class where the shootings occurred, CNN reports. He had body armor, six firearms, and five extra magazines with him during the massacre, the AP reports. Authorities found seven additional firearms inside the shooter's... More »

Obama on Oregon Shooting: 'I Will Politicize It'

'Our inaction is a political decision that we are making'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says opponents of gun control laws know how to stir up fear and scare politicians. At a news conference Friday, Obama lamented the inability to pass stricter gun laws even after incidents such as the shooting Thursday at an Oregon community college that killed nine people. He... More »

Veteran Charged Oregon Shooter, Was Shot 5 Times

Chris Mintz, 30, now in stable condition after surgery

(Newser) - A sheriff is refusing to speak the name of Oregon school shooter Chris Harper Mercer, but this name does deserve to be spoken: Chris Mintz. Family members say the 30-year-old Army veteran and second-year student at Umpqua Community College charged Mercer in an attempt to protect others, was shot at... More »

Oregon Shooter 'Targeted Christians'

Sheriff says gunman doesn't deserve to be named

(Newser) - The man who opened fire at a community college in Oregon Thursday has been identified, but the local sheriff refuses to say his name. Multiple law enforcement sources have identified the shooter as Chris Harper Mercer, a 26-year-old who lived in Winchester, Ore., a few miles away from Umpqua Community... More »

Oregon Sheriff Wrote Biden After Sandy Hook

He's long been a strong opponent of new gun laws

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Oregon county where nine people were killed in a mass shooting Thursday has a history as a fierce opponent of gun control. A month after the Sandy Hook school shooting, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin wrote to Joe Biden arguing against stronger gun laws, the Oregonian... More »

An Emotional Obama Responds to Today's School Shooting

He's now made 15 statements on mass shootings since taking office

(Newser) - A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama said Thursday that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough as Americans respond to another deadly school shooting , and he challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who will do something. Obama addressed the nation from the White... More »

Suspected School Shooter: 'This Is the Only Time I'll Be in the News'

20-year-old male exchanged gunfire with police, authorities say

(Newser) - The gunman in Thursday's shooting at an Oregon community college was a 20-year-old male, Gov. Kate Brown said at a press conference broadcast by KOIN . Police and the superintendent of the state also said the gunman exchanged gunfire with police and that he is dead, though it was not... More »

Stories of Horror From Today's School Shooting

Shooter apparently asked students to state religion before firing

(Newser) - Horrific stories are trickling out from inside Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college:
  • Student Kendra Gordon tells Fox News she was in a classroom next to on where the gunman was shooting. "I was sitting in class when we had first heard the shot. And we
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10 Dead in Shooting at Oregon College

Many more injured at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg

(Newser) - A shooting at a community college in Oregon has left at least 10 people dead, reports KOIN . At least another 7 people were injured, some of them critically. (Reports varied throughout the day on how many were killed and injured.) "We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple... More »

Dylann Roof's Friend Is Now Target of Investigation

Joseph Meek being investigated for allegedly lying to authorities

(Newser) - Joseph Meek met Dylann Roof in middle school, and back in May, Roof asked him for a place to stay. Now Meek, 21, is the "potential target" of a federal criminal investigation into the June mass shooting at a Charleston church of which Roof is accused. Meek tells the... More »

NYPD: Your Desk Won't Save You From a Shooter

Try a filing cabinet if you can't get to a safe room, department suggests

(Newser) - Most mass shootings happen in the workplace and most of them are over before police get there, according to the New York City Police Department, so workers need to know how to react. The NYPD held a training session for members of the media yesterday in response to last week'... More »

Why the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

'American Dream' plays a role, researcher says

(Newser) - High gun ownership rates and high rates of mass shootings might seem like an obvious connection, but University of Alabama researcher Adam Lankford says his study is the first to show empirical evidence that the aforementioned ownership rate "is the strongest predictor of [a country's] number of public... More »

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