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October 06, 2015 10:40 AM

President Obama will meet with the families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting later this week, PEOPLE has learned.

The president will make a low-key visit to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to console survivors and the victims’ grieving families.

“On Friday, October 9, the president will travel to Roseburg, Oregon, to visit privately with families of victims of the shooting,” a White House official tells PEOPLE. “Further details about the president’s travel to Oregon will be made available in the coming days.”

Nine people were killed and nine others were injured after 26-year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire at the rural Oregon college on Thursday. He then took his own life.

A visibly angry President Obama addressed the nation later that evening, calling for Americans to push for new gun control regulations.

“Somehow this has become routine,” Obama said from the White House. “The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation and the aftermath of it we’ve become numb to this.”

He added: “It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to obtain a gun.”

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