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Roseburg Looks For Answers In Wake Of Mass Shooting

John Locher
Meriah Calvert, left, of Roseburg, Ore., and an unidentified woman pray by candles spelling out the initials for Umpqua Community College after a candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore.

There's still no known motive for the gunman who opened fire at a community college Thursday in southern Oregon. The city of Roseburg was rocked by news that ten people died in a shooting at nearby Umpqua Community College. 

The school's interim president, Rita Cavin spoke Thursday evening at a candlelight vigil in a local park. She says she hopes people will respond to the shooting with words of peace.

"Anger caused this and we can't have anger around us right this minute. We need love and compassion and healing, and it's going to take a long time,” said Cavin

Police have told reporters the shooter was 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Police say he died in a gunfight with responding officers. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered the state's flags to half-staff until sundown Friday.

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.