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CT leaders react to deadly college shooting

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A deadly mass shooting at a community college in Oregon has sparked response from the local community. (WFSB) A deadly mass shooting at a community college in Oregon has sparked response from the local community. (WFSB)
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A deadly mass shooting at a community college in Oregon has sparked response from the local community.

The shooting happened at about 10:30 a.m. at Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland, OR, in a town called Roseburg.

Details are still unfolding about the tragic shooting where authorities said a 20-year-old male gunman opened fire, killing 10 people and injuring 7 others.

There is no longer a threat, and officials said the gunman is dead. It is unclear if he was shot by police or killed himself.

Local lawmakers also reacted to Thursday’s tragic shooting.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said “This cannot go on—we cannot continue to lose our brothers, sisters, friends, and family members to gun violence. It has been almost three years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and our students should not fear for their lives in classroom.”

In a statement, Manchester Community College said “MCC takes the safety of everyone on campus very seriously. Our staff does everything in its power to keep faculty, staff, students and visitors aware of their surroundings and to protect the security of the campus.”

The daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed, took to Twitter on Thursday and said “Watching @BrookeBCNN and the flashbacks won't stop - it's all too familiar. My heart is breaking for everyone affected by the #UCCShooting.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy also tweeted "Our hearts are with everyone impacted by today's shooting in #Oregon. We are incredibly saddened by this senseless act of violence."

Senator Chris Murphy tweeted "My heart sinks every time I hear the news. God help everyone affected by the #UCCShooting. This is on us. Silence from Congress has become quiet endorsement of those whose minds unhinge and veer toward mass violence."

Officials from Tunxis Community College said they try to prepare for the worst case scenario.

“You can’t ever be totally prepared for it. We have a process management team and plans and protocols in place so if anything like that happened here god forbid, but when it happens, it’s hard to control. It’s hard to react to," said David England, spokesperson for Tunxis.

The former president of the community college in Oregon said the school only has one security officer on duty at a time, and that person is not armed.

He also said the college had just three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years.

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