Thirteen weapons were recovered in the deadly rampage that killed nine people and wounded at least seven others when Chris Harper Mercer, 26, allegedly opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Celinez Nunez, assistant special agent, Seattle field division, said six weapons were recovered at school and seven at the shooter’s apartment. All 13 (14 counting one traded back to a store) were purchased legally by the shooter or the shooter’s family member. A flak jacket with steal plates was found beside a rifle at the school, along with five magazines, Nunez said. Additional ammunition was also recovered at the residence.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, addressed the crowd first. He said the shooter’s name would be confirmed later on Friday but that his office would not use his name. “You will not hear anyone from this law enforcement operation use his name,” he said. “It will only glorify his horrific actions and eventually this will only serve to inspire future shooters,” he said.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Hanlin was guarded with what information was made public. He said this remains an active investigation and it would be irresponsible to comment. He said he must follow certain protocol and requested the families be allowed to “grieve in their own way” and asked anyone with pertinent photos, videos or information to call cal 1-800-CALL-FBI (option 7).
Moments before the conference, CNN reported that Mercer had served a month-long stint as a military recruit in 2008 but did not complete basic training at Fort Jackson in North Carolina. He was discharged for administrative reasons, according to the network.