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Family of Oregon shooter said they were 'shocked and deeply saddened'

The family of the Oregon college massacre suspect said they shocked and deeply saddened by the slaughter that left 10 dead including the gunman.

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded on Thursday, October 1. Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured.

– The family, who were not named, said in a statement

When they were asked about their son's mental health, his father said he "has to have some kind of issue".


Victims of Oregon college shooting named by police

Nine people were killed in Thursday's shooting. Credit: Reuters

The nine victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon have been named by the Douglas County Sheriff.

They are:

  • Lucero Alcaraz, 19, from Roseburg
  • Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, from Roseburg
  • Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, from Roseburg
  • Lucas Eibel, 18, from Roseburg
  • Jason Dale Johnson, 33, from Winston
  • Lawrence Levine, 67, a teacher from Glide
  • Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, from Myrtle Creek
  • Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, from Sutherlin
  • Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, from Myrtle Creek

Obama: Back pro-gun control candidates to stop shootings

President Obama said the National Rifle Association was "very effective". Credit: RTV

The American people must unite against the pro-gun lobby if there is to be a change in the law to help prevent shooting massacres, Barack Obama has said.

President Obama said citizens would have to become single-issue voters and only back candidates who supported further gun controls if progress was to be made.

The US leader said the National Rifle Association was "very effective" and that the American people would have to "match them in their sense of urgency".

"The people who are troubled by this have to be as intense and as organised and as adamant about this issue as folks on the other side who are absolutists and think that any gun safety measures are somehow an assault on freedom or communistic," said President Obama.

"Make sure anybody you are voting for is on right side of this issue."

Oregon politicians call for action to end 'senseless violence'

Several politicians made statements at a press conference on Friday. Credit: RTV

Oregon politicians have spoken of the "broken hearts" and the need to prevent "senseless violence" following the Umpqua Community College shooting.

Senator Ron Wyden said compromise was required to end the massacres, while Governor Kate Brown said the tragedies would continue to happen "until we decide we want them to stop".

Senator Jeff Merkley said Roseburg had joined Columbine and Sandy Hook on "a list of names that no community ever wants to be included in".

Governor Brown told a press conference on Friday: "There is no single solution that will prevent every shooting but we must and we will do better to prevent these types of senseless violence."

Describing the shooting as an "unspeakable tragedy", Senator Wyden added: "It is clear that it does have to be about more than words and good intentions if this carnage is to finally end. As a country we cannot just shrug our shoulders and move on."

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Obama demands US take action after Oregon massacre

President Barack Obama has demanded US lawmakers do something about gun control in the wake of the latest mass shooting.

"We collectively are responsible to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction," he said after the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left nine people dead.

ITN News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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