Umpqua Community College campus is situated in a pictorial area. Everything about it is serene and beautiful. However events that unleashed earlier today are nothing short of horrific.
The school is widely called a peaceful, safe learning place was transformed into a blood bath when a gunmen identified as Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire, killing 10 and wounding 7. The gunmen himself didn’t survive the ordeal and was killed on the spot. Although it has not been determined whether the gunman was shot by police or committed suicide.
Parent of a surviving victim said that the shooter “singled out Christians, asked them to stand up and shoot them”.
Some terrified students ran to the streets and nearby businesses and yelled that a shooting is in place. For a community like this, it is something quite unusual. The crime rate here has been exceptionally low.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says, “It is a fairly peaceful community, very friendly, we have our share of crime like any small community. But certainly this is a huge shock to the entire community to have this level of crime, occur in our college.”
A residence said, “Anytime there’s an event of this nature in a community it’s devastating psychologically. This is, too. Our community will be devastated until we understand what happened and why.”
It seems this attack would be another chapter in rising hate crimes, racism, fascism and religious intolerance in US off late.