Laurel Harper is the mother of Christopher Harper-Mercer, the
26-year-old who has been identified as the gunman who killed nine people at an
Oregon community college last week before killing himself. CBS News combed
through Harper's online profiles which revealed that she was aware that both
she and her son struggled with autism and they were both enthusiastic gun
Public records link Harper to the same email address used in posts from
a Yahoo! user calling herself "Tweety Bird."
"I keep all my mags full. I keep two full mags in my Glock case.
And the ARs & AKs all have loaded mags. No one will be 'dropping' by my
house uninvited without (acknowledgment)," the user Tweety Bird wrote according to CNN.
Harper, a licensed nurse in Oregon shared an apartment with Harper-Mercer in Oregon. Investigators have recovered eight firearms at their apartment, to add to the six firearms
found at the scene of the murders. All
of the guns were purchased legally according to law enforcement officials.
"My son has Asperger's. He's no babbling idiot nor is his life
worthless. He's very intelligent and is working on a career in filmmaking. My
18 years worth of experience with and knowledge about Asperger's syndrome is
paying off," CNN reports Harper wrote.
Before moving to Oregon two years ago, Harper-Mercer graduated from a learning center for students with learning disabilities and emotional problems in California.