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At least 9 dead in Oregon university mass shooting

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At least nine students have been shot dead and 20 wounded in an attack at a small community college in America.

The shooting happened around 10.30am local time (6.30pm UK time) on Thursday at Umpqua Community College in rural Oregon, on the west cost of America.

Varying reports have pointed to between nine and 13 fatalities. 

An emergency dispatcher told responders: "Someone is outside one of the doors, shooting through the doors."

A first responder replied: "We are exchanging shots with him. He's in a classroom."

The gunman, later named as Britain-born 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer, was then shot dead by police.

Police confirmed there were mutliple gunshot wound victims and the wounded were taken to local hospitals.

Douglas County Fire Marshall Ray Shoufler, speaking to CNN said: "We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized."

Two patients died while being transported to a hospital, Shoufler added.

No further details on victims have so far been released. 

Agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) bureau and the FBI arrived on scene after the attack, searching for explosives, firearm casings and ammunition.

Some 100 law enforcement officers swamped the campus after intial reports came in.

Sgt Aaron Dunbar of the Roseburg Police Department told CNN the "entire college went into lockdown very quickly," and a reporting from Fox News said students were being bussed off campus to local fairgrounds.

There have been 45 shootings at schools and colleges in America in 2015 to date. The last school shooting happened on Wednesday, where a principal in South Dakota was shot and wounded - with a student arrested as a suspect.




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