Oregon Gunman Singled Out Christians, Says Father of Wounded Student

CNSNews.com Staff | October 2, 2015 | 4:59am EDT
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Authorities respond to a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Michael Sullivan /The News-Review via AP)

(CNSNews.com) - According to father of a wounded student, the 26-year-old man who shot and killed ten people at a community college in Oregon singled out Christians for execution.

The gunman also expressed interest in recent mass murders and the attention they brought the shooter, noting in one blog post, "The more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

The father of a wounded student, in an interview played on CNN, explained what happened, according to his daughter:

"He came in, and there was gunfire immediately and scattered the room -- got everyone's attention. Uh, he -- from what I understood what she said is, he shot the professor point-blank, right -- one shot, killed him, took him right out of it.

"And others had been injured, and then he -- this man had enough time -- I don't know how much time elapsed before he was able to stand there and start asking people one by one what their religion was. 'Are you a Christian?' he would ask them. 'And if you're a Christian, stand up.' 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.' And he shot and killed them. And he kept going down the line doing this."

A blog post attributed to the gunman, who lived near the community college, said this about another gunman:

"A man who was known by no one is now known by everyone. His face splashed across eveery screen, his name across the liips of every person on the planet. All in the course of one day. It seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight."

The Oregon suspect shot and killed nine people and wounded at least 7 others before officers killed him.

say the gunman opened fire at Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College, killing nine before dying during an exchange of gunfire with officers.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin refused to say the gunman's name: "I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act," the Associated Press quoted him as saying.

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