The killer at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Oregon was identified on Thursday evening as Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, of Torrance, California, a Los Angeles suburb. As Howard Portnoy reported earlier, Harper-Mercer died when police shot him to end his killing spree.
A lot of rumors are flying around the web among him right now. There is zero substantiation, from what I can tell, of a report that he was a Muslim. (Charles C. Johnson of Got News posted that report, but his website is hammered right now and the link doesn’t come up. Here’s one of many citations of the Johnson report.)
However, eyewitnesses came forward in the hours after the massacre to report that Harper-Mercer asked each student in turn, in the classroom where he was shooting them, what religion they were. He shot the Christians in the head.
Here’s the account of one girl whose grandmother was present while Harper-Mercer shot his victims:
“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” tweeted a young woman @BodhiLooney who said her grandmother was in the room with the shooter. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset.”
Another student who was present gave this account to news media (as cited at the Christian Examiner link above):