Oregon Shooter May Have Issued Warning Before Horrific School Massacre

Ten people lost their lives, and many more were injured, as a shooter opened fire on a community college campus. The 20-year-old gunman reportedly used several firearms to take down students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

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The assailant was ultimately shot down by police, but not before he shot 10 people to death, and injured at least seven others. Estimates vary at this point, but Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin the death toll of 10 was "the best one."

This was one of the last places you'd expect this to happen -- Umpqua is a picturesque campus in rural Oregon, which many have described as "peaceful." The motive of the shooter is still unknown, and unfortunately may always be. The average age of the 3,000 or so students attending there is 38 -- hardly the place of teenage angst.

Even more frustrating is that the shooter may have left warnings on the social media site 4chan.org hours before the massacre, meaning that this was premeditated.

It hasn't been verified, but it's being reported that the gunman started a thread on Wednesday evening, writing, "Some of you guys are alright ... Don't go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest."

The thread has since been removed, but is apparently being investigated by law enforcement. It supposedly continued, "Happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning so long space robots," and "Will post again in am, 10 min countdown. Won't say more to much to prepare."

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Disturbingly, there were ostensibly people egging him on in the thread, and even offering advice on tactics and weapons. The advisement was said to be in a "mildly sarcastic tone," but why would anyone joke about this sort of thing?

I can't even imagine what the families of those who were killed are going through. And the people who witnessed the devastation. Such a senseless loss -- and for what? It's tragically sad, and it makes me want to hug my own babies just a little bit tighter.

 

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