10 dead, 7 injured in Oregon college shooting – sheriff

At least 10 people were killed and seven others were injured in the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, officials said on late Thursday afternoon, though the casualty figures remain preliminary.

"We are still very early in this event and still trying to confirm a great deal of information," Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said at a press conference. "At this time we are reporting 10 deaths and 7 who were injured. All of the injured were initially transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. Three of the most critically injured were flown to other hospitals. We know there are conflicting reports about the numbers, and I can tell you this is the best information we have at this time."

The numbers are lower than previously provided by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who said at least thirteen people had been killed. Hanlin declined to clarify whether the gunman, who was also killed, was among the 10 fatalities.

The law enforcement investigation into the shooter and his motivation is ongoing, but authorities have identified him as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. "He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate," a law enforcement official told the New York Times.

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