Ore­gon shooter rants about hav­ing no girl­friend: of­fi­cials

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY JONATHAN J. COOPER AND TAMI ABDOLLAH

The gun­man who ex­e­cuted nine peo­ple at an Ore­gon com­mu­nity col­lege be­fore killing him­self ranted in a man­i­festo he left be­hind about not hav­ing a girl­friend and think­ing ev­ery­one else was “crazy,” a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said Mon­day.

The of­fi­cial also said the mother of 26-year-old gun­man Christo­pher Harper-Mercer has told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was strug­gling with some men­tal health is­sues. The of­fi­cial is fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but wasn’t au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly be­cause it is on­go­ing.

Harper-Mercer com­plained in the man­i­festo about not hav­ing a girl­friend, and he seemed to feel like he was very ra­tio­nal while oth­ers around him were not, the of­fi­cial said.

He wrote some­thing to the ef­fect of: “Other peo­ple think I’m crazy, but I’m not. I’m the sane one,” the of­fi­cial said. The man­i­festo was a cou­ple pages long.

Also Mon­day, some fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents re­turned to the cam­pus for the first time since the shoot­ing, while U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama an­nounced he will travel to Ore­gon to visit pri­vately with vic­tims’ fam­i­lies. Obama has re­newed his call for stricter gun laws fol­low­ing the shoot­ing and has ex­pressed ex­as­per­a­tion at the fre­quency of mass shoot­ings in the U.S.

Classes do not re­sume at Um­pqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege un­til next week, but some stu­dents came to the cam­pus to pick up be­long­ings they left be­hind Thurs­day when they fled. Oth­ers met with pro­fes­sional groups to dis­cuss their trauma and grief.

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