3 Dead, Including Gunman, In Oregon Mall Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Police say the man who opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall apparently killed himself after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third.

A family leaves the scene of a multiple shooting at Clackamas Town Center Mall in Clackamas, Ore.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Police say the man who opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall apparently killed himself after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third.

Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes says law enforcement who flooded the Clackamas Town Center in response to the afternoon shooting didn't fire any shots.

Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and a white mask shot an initial burst of fire and then more rounds near the mall's food court.

Many shoppers fled and others hid in the backrooms of stores.

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Details are emerging, but a law enforcement official says at least one person is dead "and maybe more" at a Portland, Ore., area shopping mall.

Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes says the gunman has been "neutralized." He said he wasn't sure if the shooter is dead. Officers have been going store-to-store at the Clackamas Town Center to secure the scene, but Rhodes said there is no indication that there was more than one gunman.

One witness said the scene "was just awful."

A woman shopping in the Macy's for a Christmas dress for her daughter when she heard a two or three pops that sounded like firecrackers. She said hundreds of shoppers and mall workers started running and that there was "chaos."

Witnesses told the AP the shooter was short, with dark hair, dressed in camouflage, had body armor and a rifle and was wearing a white mask.

Another witness said she heard about 20 shots.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sheriff's deputies say there has been a shooting in a shopping mall near Portland, Oregon.

Police said one person is dead and multiple people have been wounded. They also said the shooter has been "neutralized."

One witness at the Clackamas Town Center told television station KATU at least two people were shot, and he saw sheets put over them.

Another witness told the station she saw people screaming and parents grabbing their children as they fled the mall.

That witness said the gunman had a rifle and was wearing a camouflage outfit and a mask.

Another witness said ambulances were arriving at the scene.

Entrances to the mall have been blocked off.

No further details were immediately available from the Clackamas County sheriff's office.


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