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Oregon Gunman 'Kicked Out of Army for Suicide Attempt'

Details emerge of police heroism during mass shooting

(Newser) - A missed chance? Oregon mass shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer was kicked out of the military for trying to kill himself, but that didn't affect his ability to buy guns, law enforcement sources tell the Wall Street Journal . An Army spokeswoman tells the BBC that Harper-Mercer, who was 26 at the...

Oregon Shooter's Mom Boasted About Guns

She spoke about open-carry laws, Asperger's on social media

(Newser) - Laurel Harper boasted online about having guns for protection, but it was her son who turned out to be the most dangerous person in the community. In social media postings, mostly on Yahoo Answers, Christopher Harper-Mercer's mother, a nurse, doled out medical advice, as well as spoke about guns...

Oregon Shooter Ranted About Lack of Girlfriend

He thought other people were 'crazy,' police source says

(Newser) - The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college said in writings he left behind that everyone else was "crazy" and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official says. The official—who is familiar with the ongoing investigation but wasn't authorized to speak...

Oregon Shooter 'Targeted Christians'

Sheriff says gunman doesn't deserve to be named

(Newser) - The man who opened fire at a community college in Oregon Thursday has been identified, but the local sheriff refuses to say his name. Multiple law enforcement sources have identified the shooter as Chris Harper Mercer, a 26-year-old who lived in Winchester, Ore., a few miles away from Umpqua Community...

Oregon Sheriff Wrote Biden After Sandy Hook

He's long been a strong opponent of new gun laws

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Oregon county where nine people were killed in a mass shooting Thursday has a history as a fierce opponent of gun control. A month after the Sandy Hook school shooting, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin wrote to Joe Biden arguing against stronger gun laws, the Oregonian...

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