The shooter at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday ordered students in a classroom to state what their religion was before he opened fire, reports NR Today.
A 20-year-old man opened fire on the campus at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday in Snyder hall. Kortney Moore was in a writing class when a shot came through the window. Her teacher was shot in the head. The shooter came inside and told people to get on the ground. He then told people to get up and state their religion, and opened fire, the local paper reports.
The Oregon attorney general said that a total of 13 people were killed and 20 were wounded.
The shooter, identified only as a 20-year-old male at this time, is dead. In 911 audio of the emergency dispatch, officers can be heard trading gunfire with the shooter, then saying the shooter is “down” before ambulances arrived on scene.
Another witness, Brady Winder, 23, was in the room next door. He told NR Today he heard a loud thud in the classroom next door then a volley of gunfire. He then and saw students flee out the door “like ants,” screaming, “Get out!”
Another witness, Kendra Gordon, told Fox News that she was sitting in class when she heard a gunshot, but students didn’t initially know what the noise was. A girl went out to check and was shot twice, Gordon said.
“I was sitting in class when we had first heard the shot. And we didn’t think it was a gunshot, we thought it was a firecracker. And then we heard another one,” she told Fox. “And so, one of the students in my class, she went out and checked it. She got shot twice, one in the arm, and in the stomach. And she came back and told us to lock the door, shut the lights off. And we sat there for 20 minutes waiting for police to show up. It felt like forever.”
Gordon said she heard “tons” of rounds go off. Her classmate, who was shot, was having trouble breathing by the time authorities arrived and she was taken to the hospital.
“For him to just stay in that classroom and shoot so much, it’s just beyond me why anyone would want to do that,” she said, adding that students “called the cops and we called our families and we prayed — prayed that we weren’t going to be next.”
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