15 dead in shooting at Oregon community college

Oregon State Police confirm 15 people have died in a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, according to KATU-TV.

A suspect is in custody following Thursday morning’s shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, said Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice. There is no longer an active shooting at the college, he said.

(CNN) — Preliminary information indicates 15 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, said Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate.

The reports suggest that the shooter has been detained, he said.

Earlier, authorities told CNN they were responding to reports of an active shooter at the Roseburg college campus.

CNN’s Sheena Jones and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

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The school itself is up on a hill outside the city center, according to Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst who lives nearby. Francona said that logging is a big industry in the region, which is fairly rural but easily accessible from Interstate 5.

“This is so out of character for this whole area,” he said.

A picturesque campus in the North Umpqua River Valley, the school prides itself on a “a peaceful, safe atmosphere, and year-round recreational activities,” according to its website.

It’s not a traditional institution of higher learning, as the average age of its 13,600 students was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year. Only 740 of those were full time, 2,437 were part time and more than 10,000 fell under the umbrella of “community education.”

It first began teaching classes out of rented facilities in 1961. Elton and Ruth Jackson donated 98.5 acres to house the campus in 1965.

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