Oregon Shooter Reportedly Asked People If They Were Christian Before Firing
10 dead, 7 injured after shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Oregon shooter who made victims stand up and state their religion before shooting them identified as Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, who killed at least ten and injured seven before being shot dead by cops.
Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, has been identified as the gunman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. He was shot in a gunfight with police and had four guns on him during his attack – three pistols and one rifle At least part of the shooting played out at Snyder Hall in the English building on campus and police reported exchanging fire with gunman.
The gunman made his victims lie on the ground and then stand up and state their religion before shooting them according to an eyewitness.
He killed at least 13 according to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and wounded 20 others at the school, President Obama urged Congress and the public to do everything they can to change gun laws saying the US has become ‘numb’ to mass shootings, Sheriff Hanlin said none of the victims’ identities would be released for at least 24 hours.
There have been several reports throughout the day that the Oregon school shooter asked people if they were Christians or not before firing.
First there was this account from student Kortney Moore printed by The News-Review:
Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.
The New York Post followed up with a report of its own on an account someone tweeted out:
“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset.”
Local news reporter David Jaques corroborated that same account on Fox News tonight.
He told Bill O’Reilly that he also received the same statements from an individual who witnessed the shooting.