Oregon college shooter had body armour, 3 pistols, rifle and 5 extra magazines

Chris Harper-Mercer
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A federal agency says the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college had body armour and was armed with three pistols, a rifle and five additional magazines.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided the information late Thursday in an incident report obtained by The Associated Press. The guns included a 9mm Glock pistol and .40-calibre Smith & Wesson, both traced to the suspect.

He also had a .40-calibre Taurus pistol traced to someone in Portland and a .556-calibre Del-Ton.

The shooting Thursday at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College also wounded seven. Officials identified the killer as Chris Harper Mercer. He died after a shootout with police.

He isn’t believed to have a criminal history. Investigators believe he may have been a student there because a receipt found at the scene showed he purchased textbooks from the campus bookstore two days before the shooting.

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