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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 »

Cops Foot Bill for Ore. Shooting Victim's Family

They were notifying victims' families, discovered one had water shut off

(Newser) - One small piece of kindness came out of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: Given the awful task of notifying victims' families that their loved ones had been killed, two Jackson County deputies discovered that one student's family had recently had their water shut off over an... More »

Obama May Use Power to Change a Gun-Control Rule

He's weighing new rules for high-volume private dealers: report

(Newser) - President Obama's next executive action may be to expand background checks for some gun buyers—based on whom they're buying from. Obama, who reacted with emotion to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College and will visit Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, is "seriously considering" new rules that... More »

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 »

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 »

Trump, LeBron Square Off in Gun Control Debate

Both spoke on the topic in the wake of Thursday's school shooting in Oregon

(Newser) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump and basketball superstar LeBron James took opposite sides in the divisive debate around gun control following Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college. Speaking with ABC News , Trump said current or future gun laws would not have stopped a shooter from killing nine people... 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 »

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 »

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