Oregon Shooter Suicide: Gunman Killed Himself

Published: October 4, 2015

Oregon Shooter Suicide: Gunman Killed Himself, Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, apparently committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with officers, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday.

A timeline released by investigators shows that the first 911 call about the Thursday’s shooting came at 10:38 a.m.

Six minutes later, Hanlin said, two Roseburg police officers and a state trooper arrived on the scene. At 10:46 a.m., the officers exchanged gunfire with Harper-Mercer. Two minutes later, there was a report of “suspect down,” according to the timeline.

Hanlin said the state medical examiner determined the gunman’s death was a suicide. State police are investigating the shootout.

Father: Thoughts are with victims’ families

The father of the gunman told CNN that he was devastated by the news that his son was the killer and that his heart went out to all affected families.

“I know words cannot bring families back. I know there’s nothing that I can say that can change what happened,” Ian Mercer said outside his home in California. “But please believe me, my thoughts are with all of those families and I hope they can get through this.”

Mercer said his son lived in Oregon with his mother and he hadn’t seen his son since they moved two years ago. Father and son had a good relationship, he said. They talked and went out to dinner and did things sons and dads do, the father said.

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