Authorities are reporting multiple casualties in a shooting at a community college in southwestern Oregon, the Associated Press reported shortly before noon.
Preliminary information indicates 10 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, said Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate.
Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice told CNN that the shooter is in custody. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter was injured.
ATF agents were on the scene and canine teams are en route to search for explosives, fire arms casings and ammunition, a spokesman said.
Earlier reports, which placed the number of casualties at 20, have since been corrected.
Umpqua is not your traditional college. The average age of its 13,600 students was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year. Only 740 of those were full time, 2,437 were part time.
Although the identity of the shooter and motives have yet to be revealed, ATF agents were dispatched to the scene and canine teams are en route to search for explosives, fire arms casings, and ammunition.
This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
*UPDATE* Breaking911 has an item suggesting that the gunman may have posted his intentions on a message board. The first message, posted at 1:19 a.m. on Oct. 1 reads:
Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest.
happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning
so long space robots