Sheriff: Oregon college shooter was packed with firearms

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — Authorities say the man who shot and killed nine people at a college in Oregon was loaded with firearms when he entered the school.

The shooter also wounded nine others before he was shot and killed by police.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms says Chris Harper Mercer had body armor and was armed with three pistols, a rifle and five additional magazines.

All of the weapons were purchased legally by Mercer or family members,  ATF officials said.

Investigators say Mercer walked into a writing class at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, OR Thursday.

Students said Mercer said “I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” then shot the teacher point blank.

Mercer reloaded and asked students if they were Christian before shooting them.

30-year-old student Chris Mintz is credited with trying to stop the gunman by blocking the doorway.

Umpqua Community College will remain closed until at least Monday.

Investigators say Mercer may have been a student there because they found textbooks receipts from the campus bookstore in his apartment.

They haven’t said if there’s a connection between Mercer and the classroom where the shooting took place.