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“I don’t believe people should to be able to own guns.” – Barack Obama

A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.

“[He started] 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 are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.

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Chris Harper-Mercer Photo: Myspace

A Twitter user named @bodhilooney, who said her grandmother was at the scene of the carnage, tweeted that if victims said they were Christian, “then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer’s disdain for religion was evident in an online profile, in which he became a member of a “doesn’t like organized religion” group on an Internet dating site.

Kort­ney Moore, 18, said she saw the teacher of her Writing 115 class get shot in the head at the college’s Snyder Hall before the gunman started asking people to state their religion and opening fire, the city’s News-Review newspaper reported.

Harper-Mercer, 26, was killed in a shootout with police outside one of the classrooms, said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

“There was an exchange of gunfire,” he said. “The shooter threat was neutralized.”

Although police put the death toll at 10 — including Harper-Mercer — with seven people injured, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum had said 13 people died.

Other developments:

  • The killer was carrying four guns — three pistols and a rifle — a source told CNN.
  •  An anonymous user wrote in an ominous post on the online bulletin board 4chan Wednesday night: “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest. happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning. so long space robots.”
  • Online profiles linked to Harper-Mercer showed that he had a fascination with the terror tactics of the Irish Republican Army, and bought Nazi memorabilia. He also wrote a blog post that mentioned Vester Lee Flanagan, who murdered a Virginia newswoman and cameraman live on air, according to CBS News. “Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight,” he wrote.
  • A former president of the college said that it has only one unarmed security officer and that the community decided against armed guards last year. “I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this,” Joe Olson told CBS.
  • President Obama issued a plea for greater gun control and bemoaned that America is “the only advanced country on Earth [that] sees these kind of mass shooting every few months.”
  • The attack brought the number of mass shootings in the nation this year to 294, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker. The website defines mass shootings as incidents in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene inside Snyder Hall.

Radicalised Sydney Teenager, 15, who died after gunning down a police accountant – a day after his sister ‘left the country on a flight to Istanbul’

  • Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad stormed police headquarters in Parramatta
  • He shot dead accountant Curtis Cheng, 58, outside station in Sydney
  • Iranian-born schoolboy visited a mosque before the killing on Friday 
  • His sister may have been trying to reach Syria the day before the shooting

The sister of the 15-year-old gunman who stormed a police headquarters and killed an accountant may have tried to reach Syria the day before the shooting, it has emerged.

Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad shot Curtis Cheng, 58, in the back of the head before he was then gunned down by constables guarding the station in Parramatta Sydney Australia.

The ‘radicalised’ Iranian-born youth reportedly visited a mosque where he changed into a black robe just before the killing which has been condemned as an ‘act of terrorism’.

It has emerged that his sister Shadi may have been attempting to reach Iraq or Syria the day before the shooting as she flew out of Australia on a flight bound for Istanbul on Thursday.

She reportedly took all her belongings with her, according to the ABC.

Farhad, who is of Iraqi-Kurdish background and is reported to be a Sunni Muslim, is understood to have been living with his family in an apartment block in North Parramatta.

Police said the teenager was not on their radar, but revealed that his relative was known to law enforcement or intelligence agencies.

‘[The relative] was a bit of a problem, he did come to the attention of police and counter-terrorism [authorities],’ a source told ABC.

Detectives are now trying to track down members of Farhad’s family to help in their investigation, including his older sister.

The 15-year-old’s brother contacted police following the attack and has spoken extensively to detectives.

Farhad is believed to be a student at Arthur Phillip High, which is just 300m from where the double shooting took place.

Farhad, who is of Iraqi-Kurdish background and is reported to be a Sunni Muslim, is understood to have been living with his family in an apartment block in North Parramatta.

The ‘radicalised’ Iranian-born youth reportedly visited a mosque where he changed into a black robe just before the killing which has been condemned as an ‘act of terrorism’.

Here are other leaders who expressed concern over gun ownership previously;

“If I could have banned them all – ‘Mr. and Mrs. America turn in your guns’ – I would have!” – Diane Feinstein

“We’re bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.” – Rahm Emmanuel, senior advisor to Bill Clinton

“If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” – President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993

Yet where does a 15 year old Sydney boy and a 19 year old dis-enfranchised young adult get such weapons? Australia has tough gun laws already. So is it gun ownership or some deeper symptom?

Further arrests

A 16-year-old boy arrested this morning as part of dawn terror raids across Western Sydney had previously waved an IS flag outside a Maronites school and shouted ‘slaughter the Christians’.

The teenager, who was arrested along with his brother at their Wentworthville home, was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when he screamed “slaughter all the Christians’ while waving the flag outside Maronite College of the Holy Family in Harris Park in September last year.

He was subsequently arrested and required to report to police for three month following the incident.

Meanwhile police have confirmed three of the homes raided by counterterrorism officers this morning were also targeted during last September’s Operation Appleby, which was launched to investigate the plot to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

Five people were arrested at dawn in four separate raids in Sydney’s suburbs, including the 16 year-old schoolmate of Farhad Jabar, the teen terrorist who murdered police worker Curtis Cheng on Friday.

More than 200 armed officers stormed four homes in Bursill St, Guildford; Lane St, Wentworthville; Lockwood Street, Merrylands; and Booth Street, Marsfield, at 6am.

It is believed at least one of the men picked up is an associate of terror suspect Omarjan Azari who was arrested during Operation Appleby.

The 16-year-old, who waived and IS flag and screamed ‘slaughter all the Christians’ outside a Maronites school, is arrested by counter terrorism police. Picture: NSW Police

This afternoon two men tried to force their way past police into the Merrylands house.

The two young men pulled into the driveway in a grey four-wheel-drive ute and tried to push past police into the house.

When they were stopped by uniformed officers they attempted to run down the side of the house but were again stopped by police.

After a heated exchange the pair walked back to the ute where they scuffled with media.

At the same time a woman in a long red veil ran from the house and also attempted to scuffle with media.

The two men then speed away from the house.

 


Sources:

NY Post

Daily Mail 

Daily Telegraph