A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 10 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by police, state and county officials said. This was the 45th incident of shooting to rock a US school this year.
There were conflicting reports on the number of dead and wounded in the shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College, which began shortly after 10:30am local time.
The state’s attorney general told the local NBC affiliate that 10 people had been slain, 20 wounded and the shooter was killed. The office of Ellen Rosenblum did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Governor Kate Brown said the suspect was a 20-year-old man but he was not identified further by authorities. CNN reported that four guns belonging to the shooter were recovered from the scene.
The massacre is the latest in a series of mass shootings at US college campuses, movie theaters, military bases and churches in recent years. The killings have fueled demands for more gun control in the United States, where ownership of firearms is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, and better care for the mentally ill.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was slain in an exchange of gunfire with police officers.
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