The Latest: Governor welcomes back students after shooting

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 12:29 PM
The Latest: Governor welcomes back students after shooting

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown spoke with reporters Monday after welcoming students back to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

The governor said there were many tears and hugs in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, and a feeling of tentativeness and concern. But she said the community is strong and resilient and will provide students and staff with the support they need.

College president Rita Cavin said some students skipped class Monday because they didn't want to face the press. She assured them that the media presence will quickly diminish.

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8:05 a.m.

Students are returning to class at the Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people and wounded nine others.

The Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College campus reopened last week, but Monday marks the first day of classes since the Oct. 1 shooting. Volunteers and comfort dogs will be on hand to provide support.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will join college President Rita Cavin and student body president Tony Terra in welcoming students throughout campus.

The college will be closed to the media for most of the day.

The shooter, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, shot his victims in a classroom before exchanging gunfire with police and then killing himself.