School building where 9 killed in Oregon mass shooting to be rebuilt

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An advisory panel is recommending that the building where a man fatally shot nine people be rebuilt with new classrooms, offices and potentially a garden to help those at Umpqua Community College move forward.

The Oregonian reports ( ) a 16-member panel of students, teachers and others say people want the building in Roseburg to look different but remain part of the campus.

Committee chair Betty Tamm said the idea is a way to reclaim the space as a learning center while remembering those who died.

Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people and injured nine others at Snyder Hall before dying in a shootout with police Oct. 1.

Snyder Hall has been closed since the shooting.

The college's board of trustees is expected to approve the plan Thursday.