iStock/Thinkstock(ROSEBURG, Ore.) — A male student killed multiple people at a shooting Thursday at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, authorities said.
The shooter is now dead, police said. The shooter’s identity has not been publicly released, though Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that he was 20 years old.
Gov. Brown’s spokeswoman Kristen Grainger confirmed that the shooter was a student at the school.
Grainger also said that the number of fatalities and injuries totaled 20 people, but would not specify how many were dead and how many were injured. Neither the sheriff’s office, governor’s office or state police would specify the number of fatalities, though earlier on Thursday, State Police Lt. Bill Fugate told ABC News affiliate KATU-TV that at least seven people were killed.
“It is believed there is only one shooter who is no longer a threat,” the Oregon state police said in a statement. “There is no current threat to the community.”
Mercy Medical Center, a hospital located 5 miles from the school, reported that it has received nine patients and another three are en route.
“Please continue to pray,” the hospital wrote in a post on its Facebook page.
Another local facility, Sacred Heart Medical Center, also tweeted that it was expecting at least three patients from the shooting.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office confirmed to ABC News that they responded to reports of a shooting at Umpqua Community College at 10:38 a.m. local time Thursday.
Sheriff John Hanlin said that the shooter was initially located in one of the school buildings and Hanlin confirmed that the shooter fired at officers.
“Police units from multiple jurisdictions have responded,” the sheriff’s department said in a post on its official Facebook page.
Students and faculty members are being bused to a local fairgrounds site, and relatives are being told to pick their loved ones up there. There will be counselors at the fairgrounds “for UCC students, staff and their families who need them,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.
Umpqua Community College Interim President Dr. Rita Cavin said that there is still one last bus of students and faculty that has not yet arrived at the fairgrounds.
“It is extremely sad right now to watch these families wait for the last bus,” Cavin said at a news conference.
President Obama has been briefed on the situation, a White House official told ABC News.
Federal agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene. Due to the location, many agents are travelling great distances to get to the scene. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has offered a chopper from Blaine, Washington, which will transport additional ATF agents and a K-9 to the scene.
Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, federal law enforcement agencies have taken a forward leaning approach to these types of incidents, pushing resources into the field as quickly as possible.
Umpqua Community College has about 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students. It is located about 70 miles south of Eugene.
The school has since announced that it will close its campus until Monday.
The situation at Umpqua Community College is the first school shooting with multiple fatalities since late October of last year. At that time, five people were killed and one injured at a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Washington state.
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