"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Umpqua Community College family at this tragic time," said the University System of Georgia's official statement. "The safety and security of our campus communities are our number one priority. For this reason, USG institutions have active shooter plans in place, which are reviewed annually as a part of their overall emergency operation plans. Every institution within the University System of Georgia has armed, state-certified law enforcement officers. Many USG police departments participate in training with various resources such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Law Enforcement training centers as well as conducting local exercises."
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – At least 13 people were killed in a shooting at a community college in southwestern Oregon.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people were killed in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, and 20 others were injured. The male gunman was killed by officers in a shootout.
The first call about a shooting at the college in Roseburg came into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 10:38 a.m.
In released emergency dispatch recordings, one officer is heard saying, “We’re exchanging shots with him … he’s in a classroom” and that “the suspect is down.”
“Officers engaged that suspect, there was an exchange of gunfire, and the shooter threat was neutralized,” Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a press conference.
No officers were wounded in the shootout.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the gunman was a 20-year-old male.
The community college is a gun-free campus.
“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited,” the college’s security policy states.
Joe Olson, former president of the college, told The Associated Press the school has only one security officer on duty at a time, and that person isn’t armed.
He says last year, one of the biggest debates on campus was whether the school should have armed security officers. He says the college had three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years, “but you can never be prepared for something like this.”
“I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this,” Olson said.
Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students.
Students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds, the sheriff’s office said.
“We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill told The News-Review.
Kortney Moore told The News-Review that she was in Snyder Hall when her teacher got shot in the head. The 18-year-old student said the gunman told people to get down on the ground. He then started to ask people to stand up to state their religion and then started shooting, according to Moore. She said she was lying on the ground with people who were shot.
Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg reported that it had received nine patients from the shooting, with more on the way.
A spokeswoman for the Oregon department that oversees community colleges in the state said she had not received any detailed information about the shooting.
“It’s extremely concerning and sad,” said Endi Hartigan, spokeswoman for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed about the shooting.
“The issue of sensible steps that can be taken to protect our communities from gun violence continues to be a top priority of this administration,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.