The Oregon killer, who killed nine innocent people on the campus of a college, spared a “lucky one” to deliver a message to the police.
The Oregon campus shooter, identified as Christopher Harper-Mercer, singled out a male student to deliver a message to the police. The shooter reportedly handed him “something” to deliver to the police and made him watch in silence as he killed his classmates. Nine people were gunned down last week at an Oregon college, but this young man, Matthew Smith, was intentionally spared by the shooter. The killer called the 18-year-old “the lucky one.”
Authorities have refused to disclose what they have received was a parcel or an envelope from Harper-Mercer. However, an officer in connection with the shooting indicated the police have recovered a manifesto. But the officer refrained from confirming exactly how the police got hold of the same.
Sixteen-year-old Cheyeanne Fitzgerald’s mother, Bonnie Schaan, said that her daughter saw the gunman hand over an envelope and instructed him to go to a corner and stay there. Schaan added that the Oregon shooter told the person he was “going to be the lucky one.” Relatives of other survivors had a very similar account of events. Everyone said that the shooter gave something to a student in the class.
Harper-Mercer forcibly entered Matthew Smith’s classroom at Umpqua Community College on Thursday and proceeded to shoot three people, including professor Larry Levine. It was a completely random and unprovoked attack.
Thereafter he paused, looked at Matthew and said, “You — with the glasses — stand up.”
The killer then handed the student an envelope, which he instructed Matthew to give to the police. The boy was then instructed to sit in the back of the room and watch as Mercer resumed killing his classmates, said his mother. Matthew watched, as Harper-Mercer then proceeded to kill five more students. The experience has been very traumatizing for Matthew, his mother, Summer Smith, explained.
“He’s different. He’ll never feel the same. He’ll never feel complete security again. He doesn’t know how to deal with it right now. “I don’t think he can register what happened yet. It’s just too much.”
The exact intentions of the killer behind the shooting in Oregon shooting isn’t immediately clear, but reports indicated they could be fueled by religious hatred. Boylan, a freshman at Umpqua Community College, said to his grandmother that the gunman went about asking the students about their faith and, “if they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head,” he said.
However, other students who survived the massacre said Harper-Mercer merely asked the victims whether they were religious but did not specifically target Christians. Stephanie Salas, the mother of Rand McGowan, another student who survived, feels the shooter was trying to imply that his victims were soon going to meet their maker.
According to CNN, the police received a flash drive in the envelope which contained the shooter’s writings. Preliminary scrutiny of his social media accounts indicates he was fascinated by the Irish Republican Army and frustrated by traditional organized religion, reported MSN.
Harper-Mercer had moved to Oregon from Torrance, California, with his mother Laurel Harper and wasn’t known to have such sadistic tendencies, indicated his family members who said they were “shocked and deeply saddened” by the killings. The authorities are still trying to figure out the exact motive behind the shootings.
After killing his victims, the Oregon killer had a brief skirmish with the law enforcement officials, before turning the gun on himself. Authorities confirmed that Harper-Mercer had brought at least six guns and five ammunition magazines when he entered campus, but he preferred to shoot with a handgun.
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