الجمعة , يونيو 12 2020

Oregon gunman 'left behind manifesto'

Screen grabbed image taken from the myspace page of Chris Harper-Mercer, the gunman who opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon collegeImage copyright
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The man accused of killing nine people at a community college in Oregon left behind a manifesto detailing his grievances, US media report.

Chris Harper Mercer opened fire on Thursday inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College and then killed himself when police arrived.

A police source told the Associated Press that Mercer complained in the document about not having a girlfriend.

He also wrote that everyone else was “crazy” and that he was the sane one.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he would travel to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to visit survivors and relatives of the victims.

The 26-year-old Mercer lived with his mother, Laurel Margaret Harper, in an apartment a few miles from the college.

Police have interviewed Ms Harper and she told them that Mercer had been suffering from mental problems.

Ms Harper, a nurse, posted on websites over past several years about the difficulties of having a son with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.

Mercer had been discharged from the US Army in 2008 after failing to complete basic training. According to online postings, he had been in search of a girlfriend.

In a dating profile apparently belonging to Mercer on the Spiritual Passions website under the username Ironcross45, the non-smoking teetotaller described himself as “shy at first, but [I] warm up quickly, better in small groups”.

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Staff members embrace as they return to work at Umpqua Community College

Survivors had previously suggested that Mercer had left a message for police.

Summer Smith, the mother of one the survivors, said Mercer singled out her son, Matthew, and decided not to kill him.

“The shooter asked him to give the police something, and that if he did, he would live,” Ms Smith told CNN on Monday.

Ms Smith said Matthew was handed an envelope, with what appeared to be a thumb-size computer hard drive inside.

He then was forced to watch as Mercer shot and killed his classmates, Ms Smith said.

“Mathew said that he froze. He didn’t make a single move. He was afraid to look away,” she told CNN.

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