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Roseburg Grieves In Wake Of Mass Shooting; Victims and Shooter Identified

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Mourners hold candles aloft during a vigil in Roseburg

UPDATE: October 2, 4 PM

The Douglas County Sheriff's office released the names of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims and fixed the number of wounded at nine. 

The Sheriff's office also clarified that the shooter was enrolled at UCC and was a student in the class where the shooting took place.  Below are the names of the dead:

Lucero Alcaraz of Roseburg - 19 years old
Quinn Glen Cooper of Roseburg - 18 years old
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz of Roseburg - 59 years old
Lucas Eibel of Roseburg - 18 years old
Jason Dale Johnson of Winston - 33 years old
Lawrence Levine of Glide - 67 years old. Mr. Levine is the teacher.
Sarena Dawn Moore of Myrtle Creek - 44 years old
Treven Taylor Anspach of Sutherlin - 20 years old
Rebecka Ann Carnes of Myrtle Creek - 18 years old

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Investigators are still looking for a motive for the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg yesterday morning, in which 10 people died and nine were wounded. 

Meanwhile, community members came together last night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of friends and neighbors in Oregon's deadliest mass shooting ever.

Officials have identified the shooter as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, a resident of the nearby town of Winchester. Neighbors told the New York Times that Mercer lived with his mother in an apartment there. CBS News quotes officials as saying 13 weapons have been found, six at the scene of the shooting and seven more at the gunman's residence.

Investigators are looking into writings and social media posts by Mercer that one official described as "hateful." Witnesses say he demanded to know the religious affiliation of at least some of his victims. Mercer died yesterday after an exchange of gunfire with police on the UCC campus.

Official's say names of the victims will not be released until sometime today or tomorrow.

Last evening, several hundred people gathered at Stewart Park in Roseburg. Bagpipes played, songs were sung and speakers expressed the shock and grief being felt in the small community. Oregon Governor Kate Brown spoke, as did Umpqua Community College interim president Rita Cavin, who called for peace.

"Anger caused this and we can't have anger around us right this minute," she said. "We need love and compassion and healing, and it's going to take a long time."

A doctor at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg says one victim of the shooting will likely be released today.

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. He served two stints as JPR News Director and retired full-time from JPR at the end of 2021. Liam now edits and curates the news on JPR's website and digital platforms.