The Latest: Pastor says shooting survivor got flash drive

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Posted: Oct 04, 2015 8:40 PM
The Latest: Pastor says shooting survivor got flash drive

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

5:25 p.m.

An Oregon pastor says a student who was spared by a gunman during a deadly rampage on a college campus received an envelope with a flash drive from the shooter and had to watch as his classmates were killed.

Randy Scroggins, whose daughter also survived Thursday's shooting at Umpqua Community College, spoke at his church Sunday as his daughter and the other student, 18-year-old Mathew Downing, sat together in the congregation. Scroggins' daughter Lacey had told him gunman Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer gave an envelope to another student in the class and told him to give it to police.

A law enforcement official has previously told The Associated Press a "manifesto" from Harper-Mercer was recovered at the scene. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Scroggins spoke with Downing's mother, Summer Smith, following the Sunday services at New Beginnings Church of God in Roseburg. He told the AP the gunman told her son "'go to the back of the room and sit down, facing all of us, and you're gonna watch.'"

Nine people were killed in Thursday's rampage. Harper-Mercer committed suicide.

-By Associated Press writer Tami Abdollah.

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12:25 p.m.

Families of victims of the Oregon community college shooting rampage and at least one survivor have attended tearful church services in Roseburg.

An 18-year-old woman who survived the classroom shooting — Lacey Scroggins — was in the front row at the New Beginnings Church of God on Sunday.

Her father, Randy Scroggins, is pastor of the church.

The daughter wiped away tears as her father told the story of how she survived as the gunman slaughtered her classmates.

Also at the service were the grandparents of Rebecka Carnes, an 18-year-old killed in the rampage. Everyone in the church stood and applauded them.

The shooting spree that killed eight college students and a teacher was the topic of sermons in churches throughout Roseburg on Sunday as the community tries to heal from the tragedy.