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On Oct. 1, 2015, reports from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office indicated that a shooting was ongoing on the Umpqua Community College (UCC) campus. Authorities responded at 10:37 a.m. PDT. At 11:53 a.m., the alleged shooter was reported to be among the dead.
Initial fatalities were reported to be 10, however, according to The Oregonian and NR Today newspapers, the death toll was updated to 15 at 11:15 a.m.
There are at least 20 others that have been injured. Students locked inside the campus have flooded social media sites. A reporter on the campus is quoted as saying the scene is “pure chaos.”
Roseburg is approximately 180 miles south of Portland, Ore. The campus is on complete lock-down as a result of the shootings. Additional responders include the FBI, state police, and fire department officials, as well as U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive officers. UCC is home to approximately 3,500 students.
Today is the first day of legal marijuana sales in Oregon. However, there are no reports indicating marijuana was involved in the shootings.
At 12:03 p.m., CNN reported that the campus is secure, and that the gunman had been stopped. No further information about the shooting has been released.
By Cathy Milne
NR Today: BREAKING NEWS: At least 10 people reported from shooting rampage at UCC
The Oregonian: Shooting reported at Umpqua Community College (live updates)
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