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Oregon school shooting: Pastor tells of 'family hero' - injured student who covered daughter with his bloodied body

Published 05/10/2015 | 13:27

Randy Scroggins, a pastor at New Beginnings Church of God, cries as he talks about is daughter Lacey Scroggins on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Randy Scroggins, a pastor at New Beginnings Church of God, cries as he talks about is daughter Lacey Scroggins on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Slain gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer

An American pastor has told of his 'family's hero', a young male student shot in the Oregon school shooting who covered his daughter with his body.

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Pastor Randy Scroggins' daughter survived last week's Umpqua Community College.

"I want to tell of my family's hero," Pastor Scroggins said in his first sermon since the shooting.

His daughter Lacey (18) was sitting in a classroom on Thursday morning when Chris Harper-Mercer (26) entered the room with a gun and told everyone to get down.

EMPATHY IN ACTION: People take part in candlelight vigil following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
EMPATHY IN ACTION: People take part in candlelight vigil following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Pastor Scroggins described how Lacey could hear Mercer questioning her classmates one by one before shooting them.

He was heard asking two students: "What religion are you? Are you a Christian?"

A woman cries while holding her daughter during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon
A woman cries while holding her daughter during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon

The shooter asked one young man to come to the front of the classroom and gave him a backpack with a flash drive in it.

"You're the lucky one. You're not going to die today," he was heard telling the student.

Slain gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer
Slain gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer

Lacey realised the boy next to her, Treven Anspach, had been shot and he was bleeding.

Pastor Scroggins told of how the boy started rolling towards her.

"I felt Treven's body as it moved over mine," Lacey told her father after the incident.

Lacey didn't move when Mercer told her to get up. He asked a woman nearby if Lacey was dead or alive, before walking over Lacey towards other students.

"The blood of that boy that covered my daughter saved her life," Mr Scroggins said during his sermon.

"Someone asked me, 'Can you forgive the shooter?

"I don't focus on the man. I focus on the evil that was in the man."

America's latest high school shooter killed nine people before police arrived.

According to the Medical Examiner's report, Mercer took his own life.

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