NATIONAL NEWS: Oregon school shooting, U.S. cargo ship missing after passing through Hurricane Joaquin, former sprint car driver killed in crash

Nine slain after shooting Oregon college

A shooting at Umpqua Community College Oct.1 in Roseburg, Oregon, left nine injured and nine dead including the shooter. Those killed ranged in age from 18 to 67. CNN reported that the gunman asked the victims if they were Christian before shooting them. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirmed that the shooter was enrolled in theater and English classes at the college. Investigators found five pistols and one rifle connected with the shooter on campus. An additional two pistols, four rifles and a shotgun were found at his apartment.

US cargo ship still missing after passing through Hurricane Joaquin

El Faro, a cargo ship holding 28 Americans, is missing after Hurricane Joaquin hit the Bahamas. The ship departed for San Juan, Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard said it received word that the ship had lost power at 7 a.m. Thursday and was taking on water near Crooked Island in the eastern part of the Bahamas, stated a Fox News article. According to Captain Mark Fedor, chief of response for the 7th Coast Guard District in Miami, the ship was close to the eye of the hurricane when the power went out. Searches started again Saturday.

“We’re going to do the best we can during daylight hours,” said Fedor. “This is what we do…if there is potential of a life to save.”

Former sprint car driver killed in plane crash

Four men traveling from Warsaw, Indiana, to Clemson, South Carolina, to attend Saturday’s Notre Dame-Clemson game were killed when their plane crashed near the border of Georgia and South Carolina. The men were identified as 71-year-old Charles D. Smith; his son, 44-year-old Scott A. Smith; 51-year-old Scott D. Bibler; and 54-year-old Tony L. Elliott, who was a former sprint car driver and won the U.S. Auto Club national sprint car series championship in 1998 and 2000, according to the Washington Post.