Oregon College Shooter Committed Suicide
By: Erin Summers, Xiro Xone News October 03, 2015
Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, apparently committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with officers, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday.
A timeline released by investigators shows that the first 911 call about the Thursday's shooting came at 10:38 a.m.
Six minutes later, Hanlin said, two Roseburg police officers and a state trooper arrived on the scene. At 10:46 a.m., the officers exchanged gunfire with Harper-Mercer. Two minutes later, there was a report of "suspect down," according to the timeline.
Hanlin said the state medical examiner determined the gunman's death was a suicide. State police are investigating the shootout.
ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Celine Nunez announced Friday at a news conference that six weapons were recovered at the college campus and an additional seven were found at the shooter's home.
Nunez said the firearms were purchased legally by the shooter or a family member in the last three years. Officials did not say whether the latest gun found at Harper-Mercer's home was purchased legally.
Investigators also found a flak jacket next to a rifle at the school, which contained steel plates, Nunez said.
Officials conducting searches at the school, shooter's residence and vehicle have also seized documents and digital media, Hanlin said.
"The Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as the ATF and FBI Laboratories are all engaged in the effort to move forward with processing this evidence," he added.
Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg said the Oregon State Police's investigation into the officer-involved shooting is "nearing conclusion."
"I expect to be presented with the case early next week. Once I receive the case, I will do a thorough review and make a determination on whether the use of force was justified," he said.
In a statement, Harper-Mercer's family expressed their grief and offered prayers to the families of the victims.
"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded on Thursday, October 1. Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured," the statement read.