Ten killed at Oregon college

Incident is the 45th school shooting this year

October 2, 2015

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night while local churches opened their doors for prayer and grief counseling in Roseburg, OR, following a mass shooting earlier in the day.

The incident injured seven and killed 9 students and staff and the gunman, Sheriff John Hanlin said.

"This is a small community," the Sheriff said in a press conference. "A lot of our friends and family attend this college. I personally know a number of people I work with that had very strong concerns about the welfare for loved ones going to school there."

It was a normal school day at Umpaqua Community College at 10:30 Thursday morning when a 26-year-old man began firing a gun a classroom in Synder Hall on the campus of about 3,000 students. Citing multiple sources, The Register-Guard in Eugene, said a writing and speech class was in session at the time.

The American Red Cross said it was sponsoring grief counselors for members of the community Thursday afternoon. Area hospitals treating the survivors appealed for blood donations.

Local churches also announced they would be open on Friday for prayer and counseling. Redeemer's Fellowship, cancelled a number of planned events for the weekend and said it was "working on creating a (Sunday) worship experience aimed to help our community find peace through Christ in this time of tragedy."

The campus is located in rural Robinson County, about 70 miles south of Eugene. It was the second school shooting in that county in the past decade.

The incident is the 45th shooting at a school this year according to Everytown for Gun Safety.

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