An Air Force veteran, with a conceal carry license, was told to stand down when he offered to help during Thursday’s Oregon campus shooting.
John Parker, 36, was at the veterans center at Umpqua Community College when he heard about the shooting, which was happening 200 yards from his location.
He told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night: “There were a few people in the vet center and then when we heard the shooting happened, we got up and we were gonna go out and see what we could do.” He added: “Immediately the school staff stopped us and told us to get inside of the building…essentially the staff wouldn’t let us go to assist.”
Law enforcement later swept through the campus buildings and discovered that Parker had a gun. “I told the officer about the gun on my hip,” Parker told the Huffington Post. “He searched me, took the gun, escorted me back to my car and gave me my gun back and told me to have a nice day.”
Ten people were killed, including the shooter, and nine others were wounded in Thursday’s campus shooting.
The gunman wore body armor and had three handguns and an assault weapon, as well as a significant amount of ammunition.
CNN reports that one of the wounded, Anastasia Boylan, told her father:
The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up if they were Christians…
“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.”
A vigil was held last night in Roseburg, Oregon, where UCC is located. Those students and others gathered sang Amazing Grace, and Taps was played in memory of the victims.
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