At Least 15 People Were Killed and Another 20 Wounded After Shooting at Oregon College

Authorities respond to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College after a shooting was reported on Oct. 1, 2015. (Credit: NR Today)
Authorities respond to Oregon’s Umpqua Community College after a shooting was reported on Oct. 1, 2015. (Credit: NR Today)

(Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and another 20 wounded at a shooting on Thursday at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, media reported.

The Portland Oregonian newspaper and CNN reported that a suspect had been taken into custody, citing Douglas County officials. That suspect was not identified.

CNN reported that one of the wounded was a female who had been shot in the chest. There was no immediate information on condition of the other wounded victims.

A spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s department confirmed to Reuters that there was a shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg. The spokeswoman had no further details.

“Active shooter scene is code 4. Multiple casualties all pt’s transported,” the Douglas County Fire Department said in a tweet. Multiple ambulances were reported to be on scene.

The Portland Oregonian newspaper reported that officers responded at around 10:40 a.m. PDT to reports of a shooting at the college. The Oregonian said police scanner traffic indicated that the shooter was “down.”

Shelly Stefanich, spokeswoman for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, said that the hospital was the only one in town and most likely to receive patients, but could not say how many were being treated there.

Local media reported that authorities were combing through the campus.

The paper said agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were en route to Roseburg, a city of about 20,000 people some 260 miles (418 km) south of Portland.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker)