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Kiwi caught up in Oregon shooting

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 1/10/2015
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A New Zealander has been caught up in a shooting at an Oregon community college that has left as many as 13 people killed and another 20 wounded.

The coach of the Supercity Rangers originally said that basketball player Jaylen Gerrand, 20, was wounded in the shooting, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that he was not hurt.

Early reports say that he was next to someone who had been shot in the head and was very shaken but not physically hurt.

Mr Gerrand was studying at the college on a basketball scholarship, which he said was 'his dream.'

"It's my dream to go to an American university to play basketball.

"I want to study accounting and this has been a dream since I was eight years old."

Believed to be in his early 20s, the gunman was "neutralised" after the shooting broke out about 10:30 local time (06:30 NZT).

Oregon State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told NBC News that at least 20 people have been wounded.

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