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Oregon community college shooting

Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college, killing 10

Police search students outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, following a deadly shooting at the southwestern Oregon community college. (Mike Sullivan/Roseburg News-Review via AP) 
WASHINGTON-- A gunman opened fire at a community college in Oregon on Thursday, killing 10 people before dying in a shootout with police. 

The gunman has been identified as Chris Harper Mercer, 26.

Mercer attacked the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday morning. There have been seven injuries reported in addition to the 10 people killed. Three of those injured were in critical condition when transported to an area hospital.

The number of casualties has changed throughout the day, as the Oregon attorney general’s preliminary count of 13 dead was changed to 10 later in the day. 

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told the press that 10 dead and another seven injured is the “best, most accurate information we have at this time.”

Witnesses to the shooting report that the gunman asked people to state their religions before he opened fire.

Investigators say none of the victims will be identified for at least 24 hours.

President Obama addressed the nation on Thursday afternoon  in a speech that repeatedly stressed the importance of gun laws. 

A candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. in Roseburg to commemorate the victims.

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