October 2015 – OREGON – He asked them their religion. If they said they were Christian, he killed them right there in that classroom in Oregon. And since the news trickled out, slowly, about what was done and how, some of us have been asking ourselves: Would I deny my faith to stay alive? Would I answer? “He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them.” That comment comes from Stacy Boylan, father of Anastasia Boylan, a student at Umpqua Community College, one of those wounded by Chris Harper Mercer, madman, anti-Christian bigot, killer. Autumn Vicari told NBC News what her brother, J.J., witnessed: The shooter, he told her, told people to stand up before asking if they were Christians or some other religion.
She said her brother told her that anyone who said yes was shot in the head. If they didn’t answer, they were shot in the leg. If what happened in Oregon was as they say — and often eyewitness accounts are incomplete or mangled by fear and shock — the bravery of it all was stunning. Some knew what he would do, and still they held to faith. I’m sure some think that would be an act of supreme foolishness. Or perhaps those who said yes thought they were giving an answer that would save their lives. But to some of us, it was evidence of profound courage. Most news outlets focused on what has become depressingly familiar: the gunman, lonely, a nerd unable to adjust, narcissistic, nihilistic, seeking glory in innocent blood, perhaps a psychosis unknown as yet. –Chicago Tribune
Terrorist targeted Christians: The father of a victim in the Oregon College shooting says the gunman targeted Christians. Stacy Boylan spoke to CNN television Thursday night. He said his daughter described the attack to him at the hospital. He said she told him that the gunman asked people what religion they were. If they answered “Christian,” he shot them, she reportedly told her father. The shooter was identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. His father, Ian Mercer, spoke on camera to the Reuters news service. Mr. Mercer said that he was “shocked.” Carmen Nesnick is the stepsister of Chris Harper Mercer. She said her brother, “even if he was sad or mad, would try to cheer up everybody.”
The shooter reportedly raided a classroom at a small college in rural Oregon. He reportedly shot at teachers and students, killing at least nine people and injuring 20 others. The New York Times reported that neighbors of the suspect described him as reclusive. They said he kept to himself. He often wore military-type clothing, one said, although it was not known if he ever served in the military. He reportedly made comments on social media and added photographs of the Irish Republican Army. He posted a photo of himself and others with weapons. The president said Americans have become numb to mass shootings in the U.S. He said such attacks have become routine. He said that more guns do not make people safer. He said that arguments in support of unregulated guns could not be taken seriously. –VOA
Suspected shooter reportedly died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds