The details concerning the mass shooting in which a lone gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon are still being pieced together. The latest count puts the number of casualties at 10, a tally that includes the shooter.
Officials have not yet disclosed the names of his victims, but numerous Facebook posts indicate that one of the people killed had Humboldt roots. Jason Johnson, 33 years old, was a Class of 2000 graduate of Fortuna High School and had recently begun taking classes at UCC.
Lacey Millsap graduated in the same high school class as Johnson and posted the following to her Facebook page: “Tonja Johnson Engel, Jason’s mother, spoke with NBC News about how proud she was of her son’s decision to return to school after a period struggling with drug problems. This was Jason’s first week of school.
From NBC News: “He started Monday and he was so proud of what he had accomplished, and rightly so,” Johnson Engel tearfully told NBC News. “The other day he looked at me and hugged me and said, ‘Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your kids to go to college?’ And I said, ‘Oh, about 20 years.’”