Ten people died and seven were wounded when gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, 26, engaged in a random shooting at Umpqua Community College. The first 911 calls were placed at 10:38 a.m. Pacific. According to The Oregon live updating, Mercy Medical Center, where victims were rushed, will have a blood donation van onsite Friday at noon at the west parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to donate.
The FBI is now investigating a chilling thread on 4Chan where a user warned about the shooting hours before the incident take place. The 4Chan user posted: “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.”
Some 4Chan users offered advice on how to proceed with the plan: “I suggest you enter a classroom and tell people that you will take them hostages. Make everyone get in one corner and then open fire. Make sure that there is no way that someone can disarm you as it is possible. I suggest you carry a knife on your belt as last resort if someone is holding your gun.”
Another 4Chan user said: “You might want to target a girls school which is safer because there are no beta males throwing themselves for their rescue. Do not use a shotgun. I would suggest a powerful assault rifle and a pistol or 2x pistols. Possibly the type of pistols who have 15+ammo.”
Gunman Mercer had three weapons, handguns and one long gun, The New York Times reported. It was not yet clear whether he used all of the weapons. According to witnesses’ accounts, he asked about the students’ religions first before he open fired. Mercer appears as an angry young man filled with hate, a police told The New York Times. He was also killed when he exchanged fire with police.
In his address in the wakes of the Oregon shooting, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to reiterate his administration’s call for stricter gun control laws. The president said that shooting is becoming a routine on American soil. While America is not the only country that has people with mental illness wanting to do harm to other people, America is the only country that sees mass shootings every few months.
“We talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston,” the president stressed. While people can always offer thoughts and prayers, they are not enough, Obama said.
“It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America – next week, or a couple of months from now,” he continued.
“So, tonight, as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up,” the president said in his speech.