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(ROSEBURG, Ore.) — Before opening fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, the 26-year-old shooter gave a bunch of papers and a thumb drive to someone on campus, multiple sources told ABC News.

They contain hate-filled writings and material, with the information on the thumb drive found to be more extensive, they said.

The messages in the papers and thumb drive that the suspect left behind can be described as espousing racial and social hatred, one source added.

The shooter has been publicly identified as Chris Harper-Mercer. He died after exchanging gunfire with police, according to Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, though it is unclear whether he was killed by police or by his own hand.

The shooter’s motive has not yet been publicly identified.

The gunman opened fire at the school, in Roseburg, Oregon, just before 10:40 a.m., leaving 10 dead and at least seven others injured, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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