On October 1, 2015, on the campus of a small community college in Oregon, a man with a hyphenated last name fatally shot nine people and injured another nine before taking his own life during a gun battle with the police. This was the second shooting at a school in Oregon in as many years, and the deadliest in the state’s recent history. Listen to episode 107 of Flash Past to find out what Lyle and Dan think of this incident, mass shootings as a whole, and gun control laws in general. Click play, and read on.
Classes had only recently begun at Umpqua Community College, near Roseburg, Oregon. It was the second meeting of Writing 115, Introduction to Expository Writing, a class Christopher hyphenated last name was scheduled to attend. On this particular day, the class schedule would be altered.
The shooter entered room 15 and shot the professor at point-blank range. He then forced the students to huddle in the middle of the classroom, on the floor and began killing them, one by one. Several of the victims were asked their religion before being mocked and killed. On student, who was wheelchair bound, tried to get from her chair to the floor so that she could be in compliance with hyphenated last name’s demands. She was shot in the process, according to a surviving student’s account.
The Lucky One
One student, Matthew “the lucky one,” was spared. The shooter called him out as the one “with glasses” before giving him an envelope to deliver to the authorities. The envelope contained a flash drive containing the shooter’s manifesto. Matthew was forced to watch, in horror, as the shooter continued murdering his classmates.
The account of one student tells the story of being struck non fatally by a bullet and then playing dead, face down, in a puddle of blood. The shooter mocked the students, saying he knew some of them were playing dead. As anyone stood, they were shot.
It Happened So Quickly
In less than 20 minutes, the entire ordeal came to an end when the shooter took his own life after an encounter with police officers. He had six weapons with him and was wearing a flak jacket. He also had enough ammunition for “a prolonged gunfight.” At home, where the 26-year-old lived with his mother, were an additional seven weapons, all of which had been legally obtained.
Other discussion topics on this episode of Flash Past include mental disorders, with which both the shooter and his mother apparently suffer, President Obama’s reaction to the shooting and call for stricter gun laws, other mass shootings, and Chris Mintz – the hero who stormed the classroom trying to stop the shooter. Mintz was shot seven times, but was not mortally wounded.