Chris Harper Mercer is the identified gunman (mentally-ill individual) behind the October 1, 2015 mass school shooting at Umpqua Community College. The 26 year-old man allegedly performed the following actions:
- Killed 13 people and injuring 20.
- Carried 4 guns (3 handguns and 1 long gun) and was killed after a shootout with local police officers
- Asked people to state their religion and then started to fire aimlessly
- Sent out warnings on anonymous website 4chan the night before the shooting
Today’s events marked the 45th shooting at school in 2015 and the 142nd school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton on December 14, 2012. There is a gun roughly for every man, woman and child in America. More guns doesn’t make us safer. More stricter gun controls is needed in our laws to prevent these type of shootings all over America.