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>> at least ten people killed. at least more than 20 have been wounded here in the school shooting in roseburg, oregon. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me the last two hours. we're going to stay on this. more from this school shooting in oregon jake tapper and "the lead" start right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> good afternoon. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." we have some shocking news for you, possibly ten killed and at least 20 more wounded, those are the grim numbers right now out of roseburg, oregon, about two and a half, three hours south of portland, oregon. there in roseburg according to the oregon state police a shooter opened fire at umpqua community college. the douglas county fire marshal described multiple patients in multiple classrooms. pure chaos. local and state police rushed to the college of 3,000-plus full time students hunting for the shooter. the douglas county commissioner says the shooter has been neutralized. a source telling cnn that
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investigators are now examining social media posts that they believe could be by the alleged shooter including a potential warning the gunman possibly discussing online about his plan to kill others. mercy medical center the major hospital in the roseburg area tells cnn they have received nine patients. they're expecting three more. they asked the public to, quote, please continue to pray. let's get right to cnn justice correspondent pamela brown. give us the situation on the ground right now. the tick tock of how this trage tragedy. >> this situation unfolded after classes started around 10:30 this morning at umpqua community college. we learned a man in his 20s walked into one of the school buildings there on campus and opened fire in multiple classrooms. and as we've learned he killed at least ten people according to preliminary reports. we know federal authorities are responding. the atf bringing in their canine units. and the fbi also responding in what is a very active
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investigation at this hour. >> active shooter ucc college road. >> reporter: within minutes of the shooting terrified umpqua community college students took to social media. one saying students are running everywhere. holy god. shortly after police and rescue workers deployed. not knowing what they would find. >> somebody is outside one of the doors shooting through the door. there is a female in the computer lab -- >> reporter: umpqua community college home to more than 3,000 students, quickly put on lockdown and later evacuated. information coming in piecemeal because the college is in such a remote location. >> the suspect is down. we've got multiple gunshots wounds. need multiple ambulances on scene. >> reporter: state police telling cnn law enforcement was able to detain the shooter. and as you heard there from the initial radio call coming in right after this shooting you heard the operator there say the
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suspect is down. we have learned that law enforcement does know the identity of the suspect in his 20s. and of course we are waiting to learn whether he is dead or alive and what the motive may have been in this horrific shooting. jake. >> all right. pamela brown, stay with us. i have a spokesman for the roseburg police department on the phone right now sergeant aaron dunbar. sergeant, first of all thoughts and prayers out to the roseburg community. what can you tell us right now? how many casualties are there? >> you know, i can't give you a lot of details because we are still getting information from the scene. we have dozens of people out there still investigating. and, you know, we also have a lot of responsibilities when we go to something like this. we're searching the entire campus and locking it down, evacuating students and staff. in addition to the crime scene investigation. so it's a little slow getting information out. >> can you tell us whether or not this shooter is believed to be alive?
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>> i do not believe that he is. the radio traffic that you played at the beginning of the show indicates that he's not. but i don't have the specifics. >> i know law enforcement has to take every precaution to make sure that it is just one gunman and therefore you can't rule anything out, but is there any indication right now that there was more than one gunman? >> we don't have any indication of that. at this point there is no ongoing threat to the community. >> is there -- i know you know the identity of the shooter. and i'm sure you're not going to tell me who it is, but is there anything suggesting that this was a student? >> you know, i just absolutely do not have that information. we're doing a press conference here shortly and so hopefully we're going to be able to release some more information then. but there are a lot of people releasing information that do
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not probably have accurate information. so we're trying to be cautious and make sure that anything that we're releasing is 100% accurate. >> we totally appreciate that. and we know in these situations a lot of the information coming out is not necessarily accurate. the oregon state police have said that at least ten individuals have been killed. is that your best understanding as of right now? >> that's the best information we have at this point. >> all right. sergeant aaron dunbar with the roseburg police department in oregon. again, our thoughts and prayers with your community. thank you so much for talking with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you, sir. >> deborah feyerick from cnn is looking into this possibility. possibility that the alleged shooter posted online about his plan to shoot up a school. deb, what can you tell us? this is coming from people close to the investigation. >> this is coming -- this is coming from sources being briefed on the investigation. what we're being told is that the gunman appears to be in his late 20s. he was online last night talking
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to others about his plans to carry out this shooting. all of this right now is under investigation as detectives make sure that the people he was talking to in fact they're trying to reach out to them to find out what the motive was, why he was doing this. the first call, jake, came in about -- the first 911 call came in about 10:45 pacific time. a report of a man shooting through a classroom door into the computer lab. a woman was shot. we don't know whether she was killed, but she was shot. he then moved to a second classroom and continued opening fire. initial reports is that he had a long gun. i've spoken to a source who says there does not appear to be any connection to international terrorism. this was an active shooter situation with the gunman picking a soft target, the people who are on this campus. so right now all of that is under investigation. conversations that he was having online, the people he was having these conversations with, that's
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one of the reasons that they had to also search the campus to make sure there wasn't another gunman that in fact he was acting alone. and while police, jake, say that he has been neutralized, shots were exchanged. we do know that. and in the words of one law enforcement officer the suspect is down. so we are continuing to monitor the situation now, jake. >> right. sergeant aaron dunbar of the roseburg police department just told us his understanding is that the suspect has been killed. is there anything more you can tell us about the suspect, especially as it relates to that online conversation that he may have had yesterday talking about a school shooting? >> well, i've seen some of the back and forth of the conversation that this man was having. right now we, like investigators, are trying to determine and confirm that in fact this is the suspect and this is the conversation that he was having. authorities do believe it's
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authentic, but they will not say that just yet. again, there seems to be some sort of motive. he knew that he was going to target this particular community college. there's also an indication that he had warned others simply not to go to school today. but we don't know to what extent or how many people were actually following this conversation or how broadly he was broadcasting his intentions. >> all right. deborah feyerick, thanks so much. stay with us. right now i want to go on the phone to jodi sanka who is at umpqua community college. what can you tell us, jodi? where were you when the shooting started? where are you now? >> i was in the building right next to it. i was in the science building. and i am home now, thankfully. and we just heard that something
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was happening in the middle of our biology lab, so we all got taken to the back room where we waited because we didn't know what was going on. and then our professor heard what was happening so we were all standing in there. and the fbi came in and had us put our hands up and made sure he could see us. and made sure that we were all okay, everything was okay. and then we got taken out. and taken by bus to the fairgrounds where our family members could pick us up. >> what did you hear when you were in class and the shooting was taking place? did you hear multiple shots? did you hear anything? >> i did not hear any shots actually. we were working on a lab. and we were all kind of noisy anyways and then all we heard was we need to get in the back room now. so we all ran in there. and there's so many people in there that were freaking out because we were all trying to figure out the same thing what was going on.
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and by the time we figured out what was happening, the fbi came in and got us and said the shooter had -- was down. and we were all taken outside to be patted down by police officers to make sure no one else had anything on them. and we were loaded up into buses and taken to the fairgrounds. >> classes just started this week at umpqua community college. you're a freshman. >> yes. >> have you -- i suppose it would probably be a little early for this to have happened, but have there been any drills or anything along those lines? >> no. no. that's my professor thought it was a drill. he's like, oh, this never happens, this must be a drill first week. and then he heard it was real and said we all need to get in the back room now immediately. >> and have law enforcement officials told you anything about what exactly happened? have any other students who were
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witnesses perhaps told you anything? >> i have not heard anything. i have not heard any names or anything. >> did you hear anything officially from the school? has umpqua community college notified you of anything? >> no. the only thing i've heard is shooter possibly could have done some damage to some cars and so our cars will have to be searched. and we are not allowed to go back to get them until we get the okay. >> all right. jodi sonka we are glad you're okay and thank you for sharing your information with us. we are expecting a press conference from roseburg, oregon, from the investigators looking into what exactly happened on the campus of umpqua community college. there are initial reports of ten killed in a school shooting. we're going to take a very quick break. we'll be right back with all the latest.
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welcome back to "the lead." we're continuing to follow tragic developments out of roseburg, oregon. oregon police telling us ten people have been killed by a gunman, but now that gunman has been neutralized. the hospital near treating wounded as we speak. let's go to the publisher of the roseburg beacon, a local newspaper in the region. he is on the scene right outside the school. david, what can you tell us? what are you seeing? >> well, what i'm seeing now, jake, is they're continuing the evacuation of students. i'm standing next to one student who was released. in fact, they were going to put him on one of the buses leaving the campus, but he has a
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concealed carry permit and he was carrying on campus, which is legal in oregon. so they escorted him to his van and he was able to leave separately. as far as i know very few students have left are not leaving on the evacuation buses. >> what do you know in terms of concrete numbers of casualties? >> within the last eight minutes the best number i have is 13 confirmed dead. i don't have anything later than about five minutes ago. we've seen several ambulances leaving the scene without their lights. that's not a good sign. >> and what do you know in terms of the status of the shooter? >> well, we don't know anything with a certainty. i talked to law enforcement what we're hearing is that he was detained. we also heard early reports that he then put down i cannot confirm that. but i am standing next to a student who was just able to
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leave the campus, one of the few. >> and what are the students telling you? was the shooter a student? was he known to anybody? >> john, do you know if the student was known to anybody? have you heard anything to that effect? no. there's no information been released at least on that, jake. i really don't know. >> and what is the process right now in such a horrific event? what is the process right now in terms of police notifying next of kin? how is that playing out? >> well, several of the bodies that -- of the deceased had no identification. so that's the first problem. and there's a lot of frantic parents. we even have one first responder who's pretty upset right now he hasn't been able to make contact with his son. and of course that's any parent's worst nightmare. but i just talked to somebody in the control center and they said, david, we don't even -- a lot of these bodies we don't even have any identification on
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them so they're going to students, faculty, others to try to help with that process. >> tell us just a little bit if you would, david, about this community. most people watching have probably never heard of roseburg, oregon. it's a rural area. >> roseburg is that county seat for douglas county, douglas county is the fifth largest county in the state of oregon. on interstate 5 we're about 65 miles south of eugene. a lot of people know about the ducks so that's a landmark for a lot of people who haven't been to oregon. you know, it's a rural community. we have a lot of satellite community surrounding roseburg. the population of the surrounding area probably immediate area to roseburg is around 60,000. the city is around 21,000. but, you know, as far as the atmosphere here, jake, everybody is just in shock. this is something that doesn't happen in this kind of a community. and, you know, the ramifications
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are just beginning to settle in a little bit. i don't know. it's just horrific. >> it is horrific. david jacques, thank you so much. we appreciate it. peace health sacred heart medical center tweeted out they have received three victims from umpqua community college and expect two more to arrive there shortly. we're also waiting on a press conference set to begin any minute where oregon governor kate brown and oregon state police officials will update us on the situation. we'll bring that to you live. right now i want to bring in jeff cruz, he's an oregon state senator. he's in roseburg, oregon right now joining us by phone. senator, what can you tell us about what's happening right now? >> i listen to your interview with david, and i think his numbers are fairly accurate. what i do want to say is that the response by folks, the ambulance folks and state police, county sheriff and city
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police i think was really good this time. and they got there relatively quickly. and they were able to diffuse the situation. the reality right now is we don't have a lot of information. and quite honestly i think that's appropriate until all the investigation has been done. it's better if you don't put out half baked information. i know everybody wants to know everything, but i think the response of the police of not releasing names or actually the condition of the shooter because i've heard things david heard that he was in custody and he was down. and they need to see who he is, identify next of kin. find out if more people are involved in this than just him and a few things like that before they start releasing information. >> do you have any idea how
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quickly people arrived on the scene? you were praising the first responders. i think the 911 call was at about 10:38 a.m. pacific time. >> well, what's interesting, most state police, most sworn officers are out on patrol, but state police office in douglas county is a mile and a half away from the college. so my sense is knowing all hands were on deck and they emptied out the office and they went. so i'm assuming that was relatively close. it would have taken folks from the sheriff's office probably about seven, eight minutes to get there. so i'm assuming it was a pretty quick response. and obviously dependent upon the type of weapons being used, an
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automatic weapon, a whole lot can happen in short periods of time. i do want to praise them because it probably could have been a lot worse than it was. >> oregon state senator jeff cruz. thank you, our thoughts and prayers out to your community. once again oregon state police saying ten people were killed at umpqua community college in roseburg, oregon. that's about an hour or so south of eugene. we're expecting any minute to get an update from i believe fire officials on the deadly developments out of roseburg, oregon. a school shooting in which at least ten people according to oregon state police were killed. we will bring that press conference to you live right after this very quick break. the internet of things. what we're recommending as your consultants... the new consultants are here. it's not just big data, its bigger data. we're beta testing the new wearable interface... ♪ xerox believes finding the right solution shouldn't be so much work.
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welcome back to "the lead." any minute we're expecting governor officials, kate brown, officials to update us on the tragedy in roseburg, oregon. the tragedy at umpqua community college. state police officials telling cnn that ten people were killed there by a killer, dozens more possibly wounded. brian todd, give us a better idea of the location of the college and the area around it. >> sure, jake. we'll give you kind of an aerial view and layout of the ground views of the buildings at umpqua community college to let you know how this situation played out on the ground. according to police dispatch transmissions and sources familiar with the investigation at least some of the gunshots took place at snyder hall, that is right here on campus. that is snyder hall. also gunfire took place we're told in the science building on the campus of umpqua community college. according to a police dispatcher
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who called in during this exchange of gunfire, a police officer reported exchanging shots with the shooter. and reported he was in a classroom on the southeast corner of snyder hall. this is a picture of snyder hall from the ground. and from everything we've stu studied from aerial views and everything we believe this here is the southeast corner of snyder hall where according to a police officer who called in to dispatch he was exchanging gunfire with the shooter at about that point in the building. now law enforcement officials tell us the shooter started in one classroom and started moving to others including the science building. and i'll give you -- sorry, excuse me. i'll give you a shot of that science building right there. this is the science building they moved into the science building at one point. and those are the two buildings where we know gunshots took place. but again, there were multiple patients and multiple classrooms on campus here. according to the douglas county fire marshal it took law enforcement responders a while to secure each classroom. here's a layout again of the school. this is an aerial view from google earth. it sits on about 100 acres,
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jake. it's backed up to the umpqua river right here. runs along interstate 5 which is just up here. there are at least 16 buildings on the campus at umpqua. but if you count them actually seem to be more auxiliary buildings up around here. the school has what we're told about 4,000 undergraduates, but the number of actual full-time students we believe are in the hundreds. that's according to the school's website and according to some of the school board and education officials. we're going to get more figures on the actual enrollment there, some of that information is not really consistent at this time. it is not a traditional school. it is a two-year college. and during the last school year the average age of students was about 28. these are some scenes from the situation today as first responders got there, jake. >> all right, brian todd, i think the average age was 38. thank you so much. joining me now on the phone we have luke rogers, he's a student of umpqua community college. luke, thanks for calling in.
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you were in a building nearby during the shooting. what did you see? what did you hear? >> i was in the building across -- i was in lockwood hall. it's straight across. i actually didn't hear any gunshots. someone had come in and told us that something was going on so they locked us down. we did not exit the building until the douglas county officers came and escorted us out. and they had us stay in single file line with our hands above our head. and when they got there they had four lines and each one searched and had us in the waiting like a staging area. and as we passed by we could see where the shooting took place. you could see some blood on the ground where they had like it marked out. we didn't actually see any like any people injured. they'd already removed them at the time. >> and my understanding from what we've heard is that the shooting took place in the science building and snyder hall, is that your understanding as well?
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>> most of what i saw with being taped off was snyder hall. like we passed the science department as we were escorted out. so when we left the lockwood hall we could see it all being taped off with caution tape. and we passed right by the science department. luke, i know that information has been sketchy. and a lot of early information is not accurate, but what have you been told from school officials or from law enforcement in the area about casualties at your school? >> we were told 20 injured and 15 killed. but again the number isn't confirmed. but that's what we were told in our lockdown. >> and did anybody recognize the
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shooter that you know of? >> by the time we got out the police had already i guess -- us under custody or i don't know what happened but when they had us come out there was no shooter, there was no people around -- i mean, no victims. the only thing you could see left were like books on the ground. and so they just had to escort us out. we didn't see any of that. >> well, luke, we're glad you're okay. thank you so much for calling in and sharing your story with us. i appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> we are waiting for a press conference from the governor of oregon and state police officials. while we're waiting let's bring in our panel of law enforcement experts. ron hoska, former assistant director of the fbi and tom fuentes and arthur roderick. arthur, led me start with you. the fact of the shooting took place in classrooms at snyder hall and science room, you think that might be significant? >> yeah. it just appears to me that based on that that the individual knew where he was going, knew what he was looking for and actually
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knew that these rooms were going to be occupied at that period of time. it's also interesting that we've heard about six or seven people come on that were actually on the campus at the time and nobody heard any gunshots. >> what does that say to you? >> possibly a suppresser being used on the weapon itself. i think we have heard that it was a long rifle. so that has a very loud report. any type of long rifle has a loud report. so not to hear that in adjacent rooms or adjacent buildings is pretty unusual. >> tom fuentes, what strikes you so far of all the information we've heard out of oregon about this tragedy. >> well, i think so far that we've heard nothing about the condition of the shooter, is he dead, is he not? i don't expect him to be immediately identified because they want to have the authorities be able to get to the residences, get to the places of importance before the media gets there, before crowds get there, neighbors. you know, they don't want those crime scenes contaminated until they finish those searches. i think by now we can hopefully
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find out in the press conference coming up we'll hear more about that. the issue of the suppressers, you know, my daughter was just down the hall in the dormitory when the shooting started at virginia tech. heard nothing. and she was up just about to leave the room to go to class that morning. but there was two sets of fire doors that separated that corridor from the corridor down the hall where the first shootings happened. so it is possible if it's a loclo low caliber weapon you wouldn't hear it. >> let's break in now we have the press conference. the sheriff is speaking. >> okay. >> okay. hold on. yes. no, i'm talking to you -- you
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have my picture. this is travis -- you have my picture. okay. you ready to go live? >> you're looking at live images. we're expecting the douglas county sheriff to make remarks right now about this horrific shooting at umpqua community college. >> yes, yes. i am dialed in. >> john handlin, the sheriff of
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douglas county is the man you see on camera. and he will be speaking as we start the news conference there in roseburg following the shooting at umpqua community college. giving everyone a chance to get in place. again, people watching this around the country the tragedy that unfolded this morning at umpqua community college. >> you're listening to kval, a local affiliate of cnn's. we're waiting for the sheriff in douglas county. he's at the local fire station i believe about a mile and a half away from campus. we're waiting for him to start speaking. to tell us more details about what happened at umpqua community college. >> in springfield and possibly into the portland area as well. emergency responders from eugene springfield fire department have
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been asked to be at river bend to help with any assistance they need to provide. and, again, shortly after this press conference we will play back the 911 dispatch call made immediately after that shooting began in snyder hall. >> it's tough to listen to that call. >> as we wait for the sheriff to start speaking, ron hoska, former assistant director of the fbi criminal investigation division. from the investigation we've been able to glean so far from umpqua community college, what strikes you about this horrific shooting? >> that this event is sadly familiar. that we have seen the middle part of this story again and again and again in our country certainly over the last three or four years. that we may have somebody who has communicated their threat or their intentions in advance.
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they've left these pre-event indicators. and part of the story we have yet to hear but we will is the heroes at the back end of this. that is the victim assistance people that will come from the fbi and all the local agencies to gather around these victims and try to help them heal over the coming days. we don't tend to hear that. we don't tend to hear those pre-event indicators and how law enforcement can move this response to the left to get in front of this event before it happens. >> the shooter we're told has been neutralized. we don't know yet what that means specifically. we have sussuspicions, but we dt yet know. it's also possible he was shot and is wounded but still alive. law enforcement's response we heard from a local official there, a state senator, was very quick. and as horrific as this shooting is may have prevented it from being even worse. >> right. in a lot of these events
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probably a quarter of them the shooter will take his own life before the first law enforcement engagement. add to that another percentage of shooters will take their own life. not because they're killed by law enforcement but because they've been engaged. that tends to be 40% of these encounters where between the shooter and post-encounter the shooter's taking his own life. so not surprising if this turns out to be suicide at the end of this assault. kudos to law enforcement for their quick response regardless because it tends to move them and trap them and take their focus off of other victims and onto law enforcement. >> arthur roderick, cnn law enforcement analyst, we're told by deborah feyerick who's reporting that people been briefed on the investigation have been told -- hold on. let's listen to the sheriff. >> say good afternoon. obviously today here in southern
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oregon is not a good afternoon. it's been a terrible day. i'll start off by explaining what happened at umpqua community college this morning. at approximately 10:38 this morning the douglas county emergency communications center received phone calls from the college reporting an active shooter in one of the classrooms at the college. officers from around the county immediately responded to the college. and upon arriving there they located the shooter in one of the buildings. officers engaged that suspect. there was an exchange of gunfire. the shooter threat was neutralized. and officers continued to sweep the campus looking for other threats. we have confirmed that there is
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confirmed injuries and there are confirmed fatalities. at this point it is a very active scene. it's a very active investigation. and that is really all at this point that i am prepared to share or that i can share. >> the oregon attorney general said 13 dead, can you confirm that? >> i cannot. i've heard varying numbers and i don't want to report on a number that is inaccurate. i can tell you that we have got a tremendous amount of law enforcement help. i have the oregon state police assisting. we have all the local agencies including the roseburg police, some of the other smaller municipalities, sheriff's office, the fbi, the u.s. marshals service, a lot of support in this investigation. >> can you tell us anything about the shooter or what weapon was used? >> at this point i cannot.
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i can tell you the shooter was a male subject and i have no further information beyond that. >> can you confirm alive or dead? >> the shooter is deceased. >> how many wounded? >> i'm sorry? >> can we confirm how many wounded? >> i cannot at this time. no. >> what is this like for your deputies in a community this size where everyone knows someone on campus? >> it's -- i'm sure it's very frightening for a lot of people that were responding. you're right, this is a small community. it's a community college, so a lot of our friends and family attend this college. and it was a situation that was -- there was no answers for quite some time. i personally know of a number of people that i work with that had very strong concerns about the welfare of loved ones going to school there. >> can you confirm there's a posting on facebook page warning
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this might happen or to stay away from school? >> i haven't heard that comment, no, can't comment on that. >> was this contained to just one classroom? >> at this point i can't tell you that. it's under investigation. and i don't know. >> can you tell us where he was shot? i mean, what part of the campus? was it in the classroom where the shootings occurred? >> where he was -- >> yeah, where he was? >> i don't know at this point. i know officers engaged him somewhere near a classroom, but i can't tell you if it was in the classroom or outside of the classroom. >> do you know if he fired on police officers? >> my understanding is, yes, he did. >> is it 13 dead or -- >> i didn't -- i didn't say there was how many fatalities there were at this point. i don't know. the shooter is deceased. >> can you confirm -- >> i can tell you, again, i have the district attorney here and we have activated the major crimes team. and so along with the major
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crimes team and the other agencies i mentioned, we will be conducting a thorough and i'm sure it will be a rather lengthy investigation into why and how many and all the answers that we can possibly determine. >> can you tell us -- taking people to the hospital or -- >> no, i believe they're press helicopters. i don't know. >> one more time with the type of weapon, are you saying rifle or handgun or anything like that? >> i don't know. >> sheriff hanlin, was it in the science building majority of it? >> i don't know that. >> sheriff, there's a national spotlight suddenly on roseburg to people who may not be familiar with the community, can you just talk a little bit about roseburg so people nationwide can get an understanding of what kind of place this is. >> sure. douglas county is a timber community. we have roughly 107,000 people that live in the county here.
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umpqua community college is the only higher education facility that we have in douglas county. there are other community colleges in surrounding counties and of course the university of oregon would be the closest university to this community. there's a lot of students that attend the college that are either in their first couple of years of higher education or a lot of misplaced employees that have gone back to school to learn new trades and get an education. >> is it a fairly peaceful community? very friendly. >> it is a peaceful community. i mean, 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, incident occur in our college or school system. >> are you happy with the
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response of law enforcement in this situation? >> i am extremely happy with the response. i've got fellow sheriffs here that have been through similar situations that have come to provide support and assistance. and like i said, the oregon state police have provided us with a tremendous amount of resources. and i couldn't be happier. >> how many people do you think are on campus trying to investigate this situation? >> superintendent, do you know? >> i couldn't -- >> i'm guessing we have well over 100 detectives and officers, uniformed officers out there. >> were any officers injured? >> no, there's been no report of any officers injured. >> what do you suggest the public do right now? >> i'm sorry? >> what do you suggest the public should do right now? >> my suggestion is that they think of the family of the
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victi victims. and be aware of their anguish. and think of them first. the families of the victims are the ones that are going to have the most difficult days ahead. >> -- on campus when the incident occurred? >> i'm not sure. i'm not sure which officers arrived first. there was two or three of them i believe that arrived about the same time. >> did they think there might be explosives or that there was a reason to sweep the whole campus? >> that is part of the investigation to try to determine if that's a threat. we haven't had any indication that it is at this time. >> and is there any indication that there's anyone else involved in the shooting? >> it's too early in the investigation to make that determination. >> do you have armed security guards on campus? >> do what? >> do you have armed security guards on campus? >> no, i do not.
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>> [ inaudible question ] >> we have a tactical response team, yes. >> were they the one who is shot? >> no, it was the responding officers that got there first. >> have families been starting to get notified about the deceased in this incident? >> that i'm not sure at this poi point. [ inaudible question ] i'm sorry? >> do you know if the shooter was a student at the community college? >> i do not. >> have the local hospitals been able to handle the casualties or have they had to go elsewhere? >> that would be a good question for them. i'm not sure how overloaded they were with the injured. i did hear rumor couple patients were shipped to out of area hospitals. >> and practically do you have a pio and do you have another press event scheduled after this? >> i do. corporal hudson is here in the crowd. and he will be putting out more information as it comes available. >> what's kind of the next stop in the investigation? >> currently we've got more of
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the compound to do a thorough search of. we have to process the scene or scenes where the shooting occurred. we have a parking lot full of vehicles out there that we have to process and search. and obviously we have just a ton of interviews to conduct. just a moment. my pio -- >> did you say 3:00 back here? >> 3:00 back here for an update. >> good afternoon. thank you for being here. well, it is still too early to know all of the facts. i know i am joined by my fellow oregonians and americans in profound dismay and heartbreak at this tragedy at umpqua community college. facts are still emerging. we know now there were casualties and confirmed injures. our top priority now is the
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medical treatment for victims and the security of the campus. we have confirmation that the shooter is deceased. he is a 20-year-old male. our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. we are holding the community of douglas county in our hearts today. the work that first responders have done is harrowing. to our first responders, thank you for your work as this community reels from grief. i am leaving now to head to roseburg to be with the community there. oregon state superintendent rich evans is here to make additional remarks. please take care. >> the first 911 calls came in in the roseburg area at 10:38 this morning. all law enforcement in the area
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responded immediately to the campus. the active shooter was engaged by law enforcement. and later confirmed to be deceased. our number one priority right now is to make sure that the scene is secure and the victims are treated and making sure that we have a complete crime scene and that we continue to make sure that there are no additional threats. the oregon state police is combining with all the local law enforcement including douglas county sheriff's office in ensuring we do everything we need to do. we have set up a command center and set up an additional area for media relations. our pio is there to assist you in the future. we're working through a family unification center. as we know the families in these type of events become very frazzled and they continue to make sure that we're communicating what we need to
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with them as we move forward. these -- i'd like to remind the media that these scenes are very dynamic and they change. our number one priority is making sure that all victims are safe. and so additional information may take some time for us to make sure we can get that information accurately to you. but our number one priority right now is making sure that we take care of the victims, the families and the community of roseburg. i would like to thank the first responders that responded today in a timely manner. and thank you. >> i'm sorry, we're not going to be able to take anymore questions today. there's a command center in roseburg. and hopefully we'll be able to talk with you there. thanks. >> you were just listening to oregon state police superintendent richard evans as well as oregon governor kate brown summing up the situation at the umpqua community college shooting. governor brown saying that the suspect who is dead she confirmed was a 20-year-old male. we're going to take a very quick break. we'll be right back with all the latest on this horrible, horrible tragedy. plaque psoriasis...
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welcome back to "the lead." we just heard from oregon's governor kate brown. she identified a 20-year-old man as the shooter in this horrific incident at umpqua community college. douglas county sheriff john hanlinteling reporters that the shooter was neutralized that he was killed by police telling cnn there were ten people killed by the gunman in this rampage in roseburg, oregon. let's bring in criminologist and cnn contributor casey jordan. casey, very little information that's come in so far, but what can you discern from the information we have and what else are you going to be looking for? >> well, just knowing that he was a male student 20 years old really does fit the profile of the campus shooter. they're not confirming that he was a student there, but i would be absolutely shocked to find out he was not. he surely attended classes there perhaps in the past, maybe now. and while there had to have developed some kind of beef with the fellow students or the
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administration or some kind of discontent that made him decide when he was going to act out on these fantasies of violence this is the place he's going to do it. >> you regularly as a criminologist study the behavior of gunmen in cases just like this one. all we know is that he's a 20-year-old male. and obviously he committed an act of horror. and obviously according to police he got into a shootout with police. what do you make of that? >> this is a guy who knows he's going to die and is empowering himself in the last moments of his life. sometimes they feel superior and are narcissistic. very often dehumanizing others and feeling alienated they have almost no friends, terrible family dynamics at home. so when they decide that they're going to check out and most of them go into this knowing they're not going to live, they take out as many people as they can because it gives them that one sense of power before they decide to die. >> horrible story. casey jordan, thank you so much.
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that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room" who will continue this live coverage of the school shooting at umpqua community college in roseburg, oregon. stay with cnn for all the latest, wolf. happening now, mass shooting. gunman moving from classroom to classroom as he targeted his victims. >> exchanging shots with him. he's in a classroom. >> chaos on campus. campus officials say the shooter is dead. students have been evacuated. now investigators are flooding the scene. they're trying to figure out how all this bloodshed could have happened. and the search for a motive. the shooter apparently discussed his intention with others online. but what led to this deadly outburst? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room."