Obama says 'enough is enough' after Oregon shooting

Obama has called for stricter gun control laws to be enacted after 10 people were shot in Oregon.

Residents of Roseburg gather at a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting on 1 October 2015 at the local Umpqua Community College. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - US President Barack Obama has called for stricter gun control laws to be enacted after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a college in Oregon.

Obama spoke at the white house hours after yesterday's attack saying inaction on gun legislation makes all Americans answerable for the violence.

Chris Harper Mercer (26) who was later shot and killed by police opened fire at the Umpqua Community College.

It's still not clear why.

The US president says America has become "numb" to mass shootings which have become routine occurrences.

"Each time we see one of these shootings our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does not capture the heartache, grief and anger that we should feel and it doesn't nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America."

GUNSHOTS AND SCREAMS

Kortney Moore, 18, told the local _News Review _newspaper that she was in her writing class in Snyder Hall when a gunshot came through the window and struck her teacher in the head.

Inside the classroom, Moore said, the gunman told people to get on the ground, then asked them to stand up and state their religion before he started shooting.

Freshman Kenny Ungerman told NBC that said he saw the shooter, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, carrying a handgun as he went into the building, followed by gunshots and screams.

Student Cassandra Welding told CNN that she heard 35 to 40 shots.

Student Brady Winder, in a posting on Facebook, said he was in a classroom next door to the room where the shooting began and ran, along with his classmates, when they heard the gunfire.

"I ran to the edge of the campus, down a hill and waited. From talking with a student in the classroom where it happen, almost every person in the room was shot by a man with four guns," Winder, 23, wrote.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center emergency room doctor Hans Notenboom told reporters three women about 18 to 34 years of age were flown to the hospital in Riverbend by helicopter, and two were moved directly into operating room.

Survivors were transported to a local fairgrounds, and some family members were left waiting for hours to see if their loved ones would be among them.

"We have grief counselors waiting for those parents who have no children getting off that bus," said the college's president, Rita Calvin.

Following the bloodshed state and federal authorities swarmed Roseburg, including agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Police descended on an apartment possibly linked to the suspect about 3km from campus, where police tape prevented access. It was not immediately clear who lived in the residence.

The college, which began its fall term this week and serves more than 13,000 students - 3,000 of them full time - said it would be closed until Monday. Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil at nightfall.

In 2012, seven students at the small Christian college Oikos University in Oakland, California, were shot dead by a former student, marking the deadliest outburst of violence at a US college since April 2007, when a student at Virginia Tech University killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before taking his own life.

Additional reporting by Reuters.