Oregon gunman ranted about not having girlfriend, said others were unbalanced
ROSEBURG, Ore. — A law enforcement official says the gunman who killed nine people in an Oregon classroom last week ranted about not having a girlfriend in a manifesto left behind for authorities.
The official is familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly and commented on condition of anonymity. The official says that in the multi-page document recovered last week, Christopher Harper-Mercer also complained that others around him thought he was crazy.
The official says the gunman wrote he was sane and others were unbalanced.
Harper-Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, killing nine. He committed suicide as officers arrived on the scene.
The Oregon hospital where the most seriously injured victims were taken reports no change in their conditions.
PeaceHealth Medical Center in Springfield said Monday that one patient remains in critical condition and the other two are in fair condition. All are expected to survive, but one woman is expected to have permanent neurological damage.
The three are women ranging in age from 18 to 34. They were among the most seriously wounded in the attack, and were airlifted to the hospital about 70 miles north of Roseburg.
President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he will visit Roseburg on Friday as he opens a four-day trip to the West Coast. He will meet privately with families of the victims, but no additional details about his visit were immediately available.
Classes won’t resume until next week, but the campus reopened Monday to staff, faculty and students who wanted to pick up belongings they left behind when they fled the shooting last Thursday.
Chaplains and grief counselors were on hand to lend support, as well as grief dogs meant to comfort students. News media were not allowed onto the campus.