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Video: Sheriff Revises Casualty Count in Oregon College Shooting, Refuses to Name Shooter

October 02, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Sheriff Revises Casualty Count in Oregon College Shooting, Refuses to Name Shooter

A gunman opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people and wounding 7 before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Thursday evening that the toll had been revised downward from the earlier figures of 13 dead and at least 20 wounded.

Hanlin said at least two responding officers acted heroically in a shootout with the gunman, but it was not clear if the gunman was killed by authorities or whether he took his own life.

At a news conference, a visibly angry Hanlin said he would not name the gunman, KVAL TV reports.

"I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act," he said.

The name of the 26-year-old shooter has been released through other sources.

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ftrnr @ 10/3/2015 9:33 AM

Finally someone does the right thing. Sheriff Hanlin gets a ton of respect for not naming the shooter. The murderer went in wanting fame and got none from the Sheriff's office. I couldn't agree more, keep his, and all the other murderer's names out of the paper; let them die alone and forgotten.

Tom Ret @ 10/3/2015 9:41 AM

This sheriff has the right idea not to give this shooter the fame that he wanted to achieve with a high body count. Maybe the media should just identify him
as the shooter or better yet scumbag shooter but they won't. They want as much information on him as possible out there including his background, motive, how many guns he had etc. and couldn't wait to get information out of the cops or anyone else for sensationalism.

Leonard Mather @ 10/7/2015 6:52 PM

Kudos to Sheriff Hanlin! The psychology behind his expertise derives from Behavior Modification, specifically, the concept of "Nonreward." (Speaking now as a PhD in Psychology, specializing in Forensics). The Media is our enemy on this issue. They want sensationalism in order to acquire an audience. The Media WILL reward the Perps. Now we get copycats wanting to emulate prior miscreants. Liberal idiots push for "Gun Free Zones" that enables Perps to enter armed and safe from return fire. Politicians who want re-election and a Golden Parachute for Retirement will seize the topic of "Gun Control" because nonthinking people gain solace from believing "Gun Control" will, in fact, control guns." NOT! But that requires thinking and logic, and that is a rarity with the misinformed and uninformed. Congratulations, Sheriff Hanlin!

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