Shooting didn’t end until he was confronted by others armed.
Christopher Harper-Mercer killed himself after he shot nine people to death and wounded nine others during an attack at Umpqua Community College, officials said Saturday.
Officials had originally said the gunman died during an exchange of gunfire with police.
Two days after the attack on the college, among the deadliest mass shootings at a school in two decades, Roseburg appeared more focused on mourning the nine killed and praying for the recovery of the wounded in the classroom rampage than on details about the shooter.
The shooter spared one student and gave the “lucky one” something to deliver to authorities, according to the mother of a student who witnessed the rampage.
Authorities have not disclosed whether they have an envelope or package from Harper-Mercer. However, a law enforcement official said Saturday that a manifesto of several pages had been recovered.
Bonnie Schaan, the mother of Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, said she was told by her daughter that the gunman gave someone an envelope and told him to go to a corner of the classroom.
Harper-Mercer said the person “was going to be the lucky one,” Schaan told reporters outside a hospital where her daughter, wounded in the attack, underwent surgery in which a kidney was removed.
Janet Willis said her granddaughter, Anastasia Boylan, was wounded in the attack Thursday and pretended to be dead as Harper-Mercer kept firing, killing eight students and a teacher.
Willis said she visited her 18-year-old granddaughter in a hospital in Eugene, where the sobbing Boylan told her: “‘Grandma, he killed my teacher! … I saw it!'”
Boylan also said the shooter told one student in the writing class to stand in a corner, handed him a package and told him to deliver it to authorities, Willis said.
The law enforcement official who disclosed the existence of the manifesto did not reveal its contents but described it as an effort to leave a message.
The official is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to disclose information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.