Mass murderer Chris Harper-Mercer told his victims he’d been looking forward to last week’s massacre “for a really long time,” a wounded witness said Monday.
Anastasia Boylan, 18, recounted the horror she experienced inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Oregon when Harper-Mercer entered, guns blazing.
Harper-Mercer murdered nine people and wounded nine others before killing himself on Thursday.
“He sounded really deranged because he said he’d been waiting to do that [kill people] for a really long time,”
Boylantold ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired on Monday. “And he laughed. He laughed after he shot the teacher.”
He ordered everyone to the ground and Boylan said she was convinced the end was near.
“I could hear everyone breathing hard, freaking out and crying,” said Boylan, still in the hospital after being shot in the back. “And he asked everyone to move to the center of the classroom so we all just kind of army crawled to the center.”
She added: “I didn’t think I was going to make it.”
That’s when Harper-Mercer called on student Matthew Downing, 18, and called him the “lucky one,” sparing his life and handing him an envelope.
“‘The kid in the glasses get up. I need you do me a favor. Today’s your lucky day,’ and hands him this like business envelope,” Boylan recounted. “He wasn’t going to be able to do that after he’s done killing the rest of us. He said he was going to kill himself.”
“He had us get up one by one and asked us what our religions were,” said Boylan, in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace. “The shooter said that he [one of the first victims] would only feel the pain for a couple of seconds and that he would be with God soon and then he shot him.”
When Harper-Mercer got to Boylan asked her to get up, the student said she stayed on the ground and pretended to be dead.
“The last thing I remember praying was that my family and my loved ones … would somehow know we’re all OK,” she said.
“All of a sudden I heard that one kid in my class say he was dead, ‘He’s dead. He’s shot in the head. Everything’s OK.’ ”
Boylan choked back tears and said she’ll cherish every second of her life from now on.
“I will never ever take for granted for a second, a minute an hour or day ever again. “