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Students recount UCC shooting: 'People were running in every direction'

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Thursday Oct. 1 was just the fourth day of the new term at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and halfway through one of their morning classes, some students told FOX 12 they heard gunfire and then ran for their lives.

"You read about it in newspapers, you see it on TV. It is just so much more different when you're there," said Hannah Miles.

19-year-old Hannah Miles' first week in college was suppose to be exciting and enlightening, but at 10:38 a.m. it became pure terror. 

Hannah was in a writing class at Snyder Hall when she said everyone heard a loud cracking sound in the classroom next door. Hannah's teacher went to check it out. 

"And then as soon as she said that, it was just rapid fire over and over and over again. And you could...you could hear the people moving and crying. After those four or five shots we realized that's gunfire and everybody bolted," said Hannah.

Brady Winder was in Hannah's class and said confusion quickly became chaos.

"People were running in every direction, I ran to a hill. Everyone was just running everywhere," said Brady.

Classrooms went into lockdown as police arrived, a scenario Renee Bovee has been through before. She was at Roseburg High School in 2006, just a few feet away from a 14-year-old gunman when he shot a classmate.

"That left me to have some mild PTSD which unfortunately was triggered with this event. But luckily I had a gentleman I was in lockdown with who kept me calm and safe," said Renee.

Students were bused over to the fairgrounds where they met Red Cross volunteers and reunited with relatives, and Hannah said she knows she's in good hands.

"Yeah, this community in UCC suffered a great loss, but we're going to be OK. Because that's just how we are," said Hannah.

A couple students told FOX 12 that military veterans in their classes took the lead in recognizing the gunfire and helped get people out quickly.

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