ROSEBURG, Oregon (Oct. 2, 2015) — Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says the names of those killed in the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College will be released soon, pending next-of-kin notification for those who died Thursday.
Hanlin said those names would come at a future news conference, possibly later in the day. Mental health counselors are available to students and staff at the college after ten people died, including the shooter.
“These families are currently living through (a) nightmare in the most personal way possible,” Hanlin said during a Friday news conference.
Hanlin again didn’t name the shooter, saying the man’s name would be released by the medical examiner later. While many media outlets have reported the man’s name (Chris Harper Mercer), Hanlin said no one from his department would mention his name in public.
Celinez Nunez with the ATF said investigators recovered 13 firearms belonging to the shooter, including six from the shooting scene and seven more from his residence. All firearms had been legally purchased, Nunez said, by either the shooter or his relatives. A 14th weapon linked to the shooter had been “traded back” to a store for one of the other guns, Nunez said Friday.
Nunez added that investigators recovered a flak jacket with steel plates and five magazines next to a rifle at the college.
Hanlin said he believed Umpqua Community College would reopen sometime next week.