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« on: October 02, 2015, 03:00:07 am »

The victims

Officials haven't released the names of the victims, with Sheriff Hanlin saying investigators are "still trying to confirm a great amount of information floating around."

"Our victims and their families are our priority. Everything that we do from hereon will be for them," Hanlin said Thursday night.

Identities may be released Friday or Saturday, the sheriff said.

The picturesque campus sits on a hill in a logging community, which is fairly rural but easily accessible from Interstate 5.

Roseburg has about 22,000 residents and Umpqua isn't a traditional college. The average age of its 13,600 students was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year.

The interim leader of Umpqua Community College President Rita Cavin called Thursday "the saddest day in the history of the college."

    No more speakers tonight. Chants of "I am UCC" have broken out after this filming. #UCCShooting pic.twitter.com/p3PIfv9L2A
    — Troy Brynelson (@TroyWB) October 2, 2015

The community

Crowds gathered Thursday night at a park to honor the victims. Some hugged, others wept as candles flickered in the dark. Bagpipes played in the background.

From 2009-2012, the area reported no sex offenses, assaults, liquor law violations, weapons possessions or hate crimes. Not even a robbery. The only crime listed was burglary: eight in 2009-2010, 11 in 2010-2011 and two in 2011-2012, according to the school's own reporting.

"This is so out of character for this whole area," Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst who lives in the area.

The reaction

News of the shooting quickly reverberated through Washington and the 2016 campaign trail.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton called for "sensible gun control measures," while Republican presidential contender Ben Carson said more gun control is not the answer.

A visibly upset President Barack Obama, delivering the 15th statement of his presidency addressing gun violence, said these incidents are becoming all too regular.
How Obama responds to shooting attacks

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"Somehow this has become routine," he said. "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," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America -- next week, or a couple months from now."

CNN's Sara Sidner and Kyung Lah reported from Roseburg, and Ed Payne reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton, Faith Karimi, Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, Eliott McLaughlin, Deborah Feyerick, Steve Almasy, Pamela Brown, Evan Perez, Eugene Scott, Shimon Prokupecz, Sheena Jones and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.


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