Friday, October 2, 2015

Fortuna High Grad Reportedly Among Oregon Shooting Victims

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:58 PM

click to enlarge Jason Johnson - FACEBOOK
  • Facebook
  • Jason Johnson
One of the victims in Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon was Jason Johnson, a 33-year-old graduate of Fortuna High School, NBC News is reporting.

Officials have yet to publicly identify any of the nine people killed in the shooting spree, which began at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, but Johnson’s mother, Tonja Johnson Engel, confirmed her son’s death to NBC News. The gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was killed in a shootout with police about 19 minutes after the first shots rang out on the small community college campus in Roseburg, Oregon.


According to the NBC News article, Johnson was in his first week of classes at the school, having arrived there after working to overcome a history of drug abuse that included a six-month rehab program in Portland.

Johnson last posted to his Facebook page Sunday night looking for a ride to class the following morning. “Hey bro…good to hear your doing something productive,” a friend responded 15 minutes later. Johnson Engel told NBC News she was proud of how her son had worked to turn his life around and become the first of her children to attend college.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

About The Author

Thadeus Greenson

Bio:
Thadeus Greenson is the news editor of the North Coast Journal.

more from the author

  • Jackson's Retreat

    The contract clause that allowed Cal Poly Humboldt's embattled president to step down into a high-paid instructional position
    • Jul 25, 2024
  • 'Profound Concern'

    Alleged victim distressed by DA's handling of hate speech, antisemitic threats case
    • Jul 25, 2024
  • 'Inadvertent Disclosure'

    Eureka City Schools emails shed light on Jacobs property swap
    • Jul 25, 2024
  • More »

Latest in News Blog

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2024 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation