A gunman carrying four weapons — three pistols and a rifle — entered an Oregon college Thursday and opened fire on several victims. Ten innocent people were killed and several others were wounded in the mass shooting.
Brady Winder, a 23-year-old student, said people were “scrambling “like ants” when the gunman opened fire around 10:38 a.m.
The gunman, whose name we have chosen not to share, was later shot and killed in a shootout with police outside one of the classrooms, according to Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.
Students told authorities the gunman entered one classroom told everyone to get down the floor before having them stand one at a time asking them if they were a Christian. One witness told reporters she saw the gunman asking a teacher about religion before shooting them in the head.
At least one witness told CNN the shooter was targeting Christians:
“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,”
Stories of extraordinary heroism are starting to emerge. Army veteran Chris Mintz risked his own life to save others by running towards the gunman. Mintz was shot seven times and was still in surgery for his injuries earlier this morning.
Thousands of people attended a vigil in an Oregon park last night to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in this tragic school shooting.
President Obama quickly responded with a plea for more gun control, calling America “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kind of mass shootings every few months.”
Please join us in praying for the victims and families attacked in this terrible shooting.