The family of the Oregon college massacre suspect said they shocked and deeply saddened by the slaughter that left 10 dead including the gunman, according to a brief statement released on their behalf on Saturday by Oregon state police.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded on Thursday, October 1. Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured,” said the statement, which the state police said was provided by a spokesperson for the family.
The father of the gunman added in a televised interview on Saturday that he was shocked at how his son managed to amass such a large cache of weapons.
“How on earth could he compile 13 guns?”, he told CNN two days after his 26-year-old-son opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
US President Barack Obama led a failed push for tougher gun laws in 2013 after a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
His administration also took a series of modest steps using executive actions, such as tweaks for the existing system for background checks. On Friday, he said would look for more measures.
“I’ve asked my team, as I have in the past, to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”