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Oregon College Shooter Singled Out Christians during Rampage
George Thomas (Oct 2, 2015)
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re
going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them.”

[CBN News] Chris Harper-Mercer, the suspected gunman in Thursday’s mass shooting in
Oregon, apparently asked students if they were Christians before murdering them.
(Photo: Hannah Miles, UCC student/via KPTV)

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A profile of the suspect is beginning to emerge as authorities search for a motive.

[Thursday’s shooter] left an extensive digital footprint on blog sites and other
online forums, including a profile picture taken from his MySpace account showing
him holding a gun.

On one Internet site, called Spiritual Passions, he described himself as “not
religious, but spiritual.” He didn’t like “organized religion” and said, “I’m
looking for someone to share my beliefs.”

He used similar language when he said online he was looking for a woman who was
“pagan, wiccan, not religious, but spiritual.”

The father of a wounded victim told CNN that [the shooter] reportedly ordered
students to stand up and asked if they were Christians.

“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re
going to see God in just about one second. And then he shot and killed them,” CNN’s
Stacy Boylan said.

The rampage started late Thursday morning in the small town of Roseburg, some three
hours south of Portland, Oregon.

“We heard shoots immediately, took cover, went down and heard multiple shots—a lot
of screaming,” Amber Adams recalled.

uccOfficers on the scene confronted and engaged the 26-year-old shooter. There was an exchange of gunfire and the gunman was shot dead, but not before he murdered nine victims, including himself. Four weapons were recovered from the scene.

Within hours of the shooting, President Barack Obama called a press conference to
demand new gun laws, saying that gun violence is “something we should politicize.”

“Somehow this has become routine,” Obama said in a White House briefing Thursday.
“The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine,
the conversation in the aftermath of it—we’ve become numb to this.”

The FBI and other law enforcement officials are now combing through Mercer’s emails
and online activity trying to figure out a motive.

The Veteran “Hero,” Shot at Least 5 Times, as He Stood between Oregon Shooter and
His Fellow Classmates
Aimee Herd (Oct 2, 2015)
“There was no way he was going to stand around and watch something this horrific
happen.” –Derek Bourgeois, Mintz’ cousin.

(Oregon)—Out of the tragic events in Oregon, yesterday, is emerging a story of
heroism by one of the Umpqua Community College students.


Thirty-year-old Chris Mintz, an Army Veteran was reportedly shot seven times when he
tried to intervene on behalf of his classmates, attempting to stop the rampage of
shooter who was 26.

Family members described Mintz’ actions when he heard gunshots in the classroom next
to his. Ariana Earnhardt, Mintz’ cousin, told WFMY TV that he “told the people in
his classroom just be calm. He met the shooter at the door and said to calm down. He
tried to talk to him and talk him out of it.”

Mintz’ aunt added that when he tried to keep the shooter from entering his
classroom, he shot Mintz three times.

“[He] hit the floor, looks up at gunman, and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today.’
[And he] gets shot two more times,” Mintz’ Aunt Wanda told KCPQ.

Both of his legs were also broken in the shooting. Amazingly, none of his vital
organs were hit, a Daily Mail report said, and he is expected to recover following
surgery he underwent on Thursday.

According to reports, Chris Mintz moved to Oregon from North Carolina, in order to
be closer to his son.


story from BCN.

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