Sheriff: I Will ‘Never’ Say Umpqua Community College Shooter’s Name

Douglas County, OR Sheriff John Hanlin declared of the perpetrator of the shooting at Umpqua Community College, “you will never hear me mention his name” at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Hanlin said, “We have information that leads us to believe that we know who the shooter is. The official ID will come from the medical examiner’s office. Let me be very clear, I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act. Media will get the name confirmed in time. But you will never hear me mention his name. We would encourage media and the community to avoid using it. We encourage you to not repeat it. We encourage you not to glorify, and create sensationalism for him. He in no way deserves this. Focus your attention on the victims, and the families, and helping them get through this difficult time. We do know that we have at least two heroic officers, who responded into the building, within minutes, and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.”

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