Oregon gunman was armed with six guns, owned several more

The gunman who killed nine people and injured numerous others at an Oregon community college, was armed with six guns, ammunition, and a flak jacket. Law officials say that there were seven other firearms in the shooter’s home.

The New York Times reports that the gunman owned a total of 14 firearms, according to Salinas Nunez, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He had previously traded in one of the firearms. The shooter took five handguns and one rifle when the shooting took place. The shooter had two pistols, four rifles, and a shotgun in his apartment, according to the Douglas County Sheriffs Department.

Nunez said that all 14 weapons traced back to a federal firearms dealer, with all of them being purchased legally. The jacket worn by the shooter had five steel plates in it, and held additional ammunition.

The gunman was described as “alienated”, and had strong anti-religion tendencies. Investigators are studying writing by the shooter, in which he calls himself  “depressed” and “angry”. Officials determined that the shooter does not appear to be a part of a larger group, and that the shooter suffered from self-worth issues.

The gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, appears to have specifically targeted Christians,  family of survivors have said. Officials have not currently confirmed that to be true.

Stacy Boylan, the father of one of the survivors, shot in the spine said, “ ‘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 then he shot and killed them, and then he kept going down the line doing this to people.”

Officials at the local, state, and federal levels are working to collect evidence from the crime scene. Sheriff John Hanlin said that its currently too soon to determine the motive, but assures that they will get to the bottom of it within the next few days.

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