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(ROSEBURG, Ore.) — Mourners gathered at a park in Roseburg, Oregon Thursday, holding a vigil for the victims of the deadly mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.

The shooting left 10 people dead and at least seven others injured, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

People gathered around 8 p.m. at Stewart Park in the city, which is located about 180 miles south of Portland. Attendees held up candles as the hymn “Amazing Grace” was played.

Authorities are trying to uncover the motive behind the shooting, which occurred before 10:40 a.m. Three law enforcement sources briefed on the case identified the gunman as Chris Harper Mercer, 26.

Three pistols and an AR-style rifle were found at the scene, sources said.

It was not clear if the shooter, who was killed in a gun battle with police, was counted among the 10 dead.

Ian Mercer, the suspected shooter’s father, briefly spoke to reporters outside of his home Thursday, calling the situation a “devastating day for me and my family.”

Kenneth Ungerman said that he was outside Snyder Hall, talking to a National Guard recruiter when he heard a gunshot.

“I saw a male with a gun go around the corner to Snyder Hall,” he told ABC News. After that, he heard some more shots and ducked behind his Jeep.

“Heard two more gun shots,” he said. “People were screaming…We got out, heard more gunshots.

After that, the men told people in the parking lot to get out.

“We got down to the road and stopped traffic,” said Ungerman, who said he had military training. “We didn’t want anyone else to go up to campus.”

President Obama, speaking about the massacre, lamented that mass killings have become “routine” in the United States and blasting those who oppose tougher gun laws.

“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again in my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families under these circumstances. But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that,” Obama said in the White House briefing room.

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