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Multiple deaths at college in US state of Oregon

A lone, 20-year-old gunman opened fire at a community college in the US state of Oregon and killed at least 13 people. The shooter himself died.

Oregon State Police said in a statement on Thursday that the shooter at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon "is no longer a threat."

The Douglas County Fire Department wrote on its Twitter account that an "active shooter scene is code 4. Multiple casualties all pt's transported."

Local media reported multiple casualties, with counts putting the figure between seven to 15 people dead. However, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the death toll had risen to 13 people.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said during a press briefing that the shooter was a "20-year-old male."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Oregon Sheriff's office said that "the shooter is deceased."

Students and staff were gathered on the front lawn, waiting to be loaded onto a bus, reported The News-Review in Roseburg.

At least 3,000 full-time students attend the Umpqua Community College, around 180 miles (300 kilometers) south of Oregon's largest city Portland.

US President Barack Obama was informed of the situation by the administration's homeland security adviser.

US Senator Jeff Merkely of Oregon denounced the attack, stating his "heart and prayers are with the victims and their families."

Gun control measures continue to be a controversial subject in the US despite the alarming number of gun-related deaths.

ls/kms (Reuters, AP, dpa)