The college was immediately placed on lockdown as firefighters, police and concerned parents rushed to the site
As many as 15 people were reportedly killed and over 20 wounded on Thursday as a shooting erupted in a community college in the US state of Oregon. Local officials said that the suspected gunman had been detained.
Authorities said the shooting took place in one of the classrooms in the science building at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Between seven and 15 people were killed and at least 20 wounded, local news network KATU quoted Oregon State Police Lieutenant Bill Fugate as saying. CNN, citing local officials, said at least 20 people were critically injured, including one woman who was shot in the chest.
The college was immediately placed on lockdown as firefighters, police and concerned parents rushed to the site. Douglas County fire Marshall Ray Shoufler said firefighters had evacuated 11 wounded people from the college but two had died. Officials evacuated students and faculty members to a local fairground after searching them. Located in a rural area, the school has some 3,300 students.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2015.