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Douglas County Sheriff: UCC shooting 'hits close to home'

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Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin was among the law enforcement officers who rushed to Umpqua Community College Thursday morning when a gunman opened fire, killing nine and wounding nine others.

Hanlin said that aside from the professional difficulties of responding to and investigating a mass shooting, the tragedy is a personal one for him and others in law enforcement.

"It hits me personally. I grew up in this community, I've been in law enforcement here for 26 years. It hits close to home."

Hanlin said he had the opportunity to attend Thursday night's candlelight vigil at Stewart Park, and the support from the tight-knit community gave him hope.

"There were thousands of people there," Hanlin said. "The outpouring of people there was incredible, and it just reminds me of the support we have in this community and convinces me we will get through this. And we will."

Hanlin said investigators worked through the night, processing the scene at the college and at the shooter's home.

Officials have not named any of the people who were hurt or killed Thursday. Hanlin said the medical examiner worked overnight to identify the victims.

Hanlin expected to have more information later Friday.

Officials with Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg said Friday morning that the hospital received 10 patients Thursday, one of who died in the emergency room.

The hospital said three people remain in the hospital and all are expected to recover.

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