Pastor: Flash drive given to student present at college massacre
An Oregon pastor says a student who was spared by a gunman during a deadly rampage on a college campus received an envelope with a flash drive from the shooter and had to watch as his classmates were killed.
Randy Scroggins, whose daughter also survived Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College, spoke at his church Sunday as his daughter and the other student, 18-year-old Mathew Downing, sat together in the congregation. Scroggins’ daughter Lacey had told him gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer gave an envelope to another student in the class and told him to give it to police.
A law enforcement official has previously told The Associated Press a "manifesto" from Harper-Mercer was recovered at the scene. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Scroggins spoke with Downing’s mother, Summer Smith, following the Sunday services at New Beginnings Church of God in Roseburg. He told the AP the gunman told her son "’go to the back of the room and sit down, facing all of us, and you’re gonna watch.’"
Nine people were killed in Thursday’s rampage. Harper-Mercer killed himself.