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Mich. Cops Bust 3 in Alleged School Shooting Plot

Instagram posts led cops to teen suspects

(Newser) - Police in Michigan say posts on Instagram led them to a plot to carry out a shooting rampage at a high school and middle school. Ryan Stevens, an 18-year-old former student at Linden High School and Linden Middle School in Argentine Township, around 50 miles northwest of Detroit, is the... More »

2 Students Arrested for Columbine Costumes

They were charged with felony, could be expelled

(Newser) - A bad-enough costume can ruin your life, not just your Halloween, two high school students in Connecticut have discovered. The teenagers were arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center this week after authorities found out they had gone out for Halloween dressed as the Columbine school shooters and allegedly... More »

Oregon City Buys Gun Used in 2014 School Shooting

They paid nearly $4,000 rather than return it to shooter's brother

(Newser) - The city of Troutdale, Oregon, paid nearly $4,000 for the rifle used in last year's deadly school shooting rather than return the weapon to the shooter's brother. Freshman Jared Padgett killed Reynolds High classmate Emilio Hoffman, then himself, with an AR-15 rifle he stole from his older... More »

Oregon Shooting Survivor Recounts Deadly Attack

Army vet Chris Mintz was hailed as a hero

(Newser) - One of the men hailed as a hero in the Umpqua Community College shooting made his first major public statement since the Oct. 1 massacre in Oregon in a lengthy post on his Facebook page Friday, the Oregonian reports. In the post, 30-year-old Army veteran Chris Mintz says he hesitated... More »

Oregon Shooting 'Lucky One' Gives Details of Massacre

Mathew Downing describes how it unfolded

(Newser) - The 18-year-old college student singled out by the shooter as the "lucky one" to survive and deliver a package to law enforcement has told his story for the first time about the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon. In a written statement that was the most detailed account thus far of... More »

Prosecutor: NAU Shooter Got Gun From Car

'There is no indication of self-defense here'

(Newser) - The 18-year-old Northern Arizona University freshman charged with shooting four members of a rival fraternity during a fight early Friday is accused of leaving the fracas to get a gun from his car, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. “I just want to be clear that there is no indication... 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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Thwarted School Shooting Was 'Pretty Doggone Close'

4 male high school students arrested in Tuolumne, Calif., on Friday

(Newser) - As America reeled from the mass shooting in Oregon , four male high school students found themselves under arrest in California last week for what Sheriff Jim Mele of Tuolumne County called a plot to "shoot and kill as many people as possible at [their] campus." The unnamed male... More »

Petition: Give Shooting Hero Highest Honor

Thousands want to see Chris Mintz get Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - Thousands of Americans say the hero of the Oregon school shooting should be awarded the highest possible honor for a civilian: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A petition on the White House's We the People site describes Chris Mintz as one who "continues to display the values of... 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 »

Officials: Oregon School Shooter Killed Himself

He also reportedly left behind a 'manifesto'

(Newser) - The 26-year-old shooter who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon this week killed himself during a confrontation with police, Sheriff John Hanlin announced Saturday. The BBC reports a medical examiner determined the shooter's cause of death to be suicide. In other developments Saturday, new interviews with... More »

Oregon Sheriff Shared Sandy Hook Conspiracy Video

Man investigating school shooting may have thought another was a hoax

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting two years ago, Sheriff John Hanlin—who is in charge of investigating Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon—shared a conspiracy video that makes a number of outrageous claims about the massacre that left 20 children... More »

Train Hero Was Almost at Scene of Oregon Shooting

He says he 'would have tried' to stop shooter

(Newser) - Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans hailed as heroes for stopping a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August, would have been attending class at Oregon's Umpqua Community College when a gunman killed nine people Thursday if he hadn't been in Los Angeles to rehearse for ABC'... 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 »

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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