The Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Ore. has rocked the nation, adding to a long list of mass shootings while sparking yet another gun control debate. But one of the most chilling details of the shooting are claims that the 26-year-old deceased shooter targeted Christians if a victim’s statements are believed to be true.
CNN reports that the father of 18-year-old shooting victim Anastasia Boylan was told by his daughter what the gunman Christopher Harper Mercer’s alleged wicked aims were when he opened fired on the small community college campus in southwestern Oregon. Boylan said the gunman entered her classroom shooting, which led to her getting hit in the spine and sending her to surgery.
“I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” the gunman told the professor teaching the class. He shot him point blank, Boylan recounted.
Others were hit too, she told her family.
Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.
The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
Boylan reportedly played dead, which led to her being bypassed by the shooter. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has refused to identify Mercer, but NBC News dug up what available information they could on the loner and socially withdrawn man.
Reports say 10 people, including Mercer, are dead with nine wounded. The reports are still conflicting on the numbers as authorities are keeping many of the facts and figures closely guarded.