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Police: Gunman, 2 Others Dead In Oregon Mall Shooting
Dozens Of Shots Fired... Shooter Reported Wearing Camouflage, Mask...
PORTLAND, Ore. — A gunman opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall Tuesday, killing two people and wounding another as people were doing their Christmas shopping, authorities said.
Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and what looked like a hockey mask fired rounds fire from a military-style rifle near the food court at Clackamas Town Center.
Parents with children joined other shoppers rushing to stores' backrooms for safety as teams of police officers began entering the mall to find the shooter.
Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes said later that the gunman was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A shopper told KATU-TV he saw a man lying on the floor with a gun next to him.
Authorities went store-to-store to confirm that there was only one shooter and to escort hiding shoppers outside, Rhodes said.
Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy's, said he saw a man in a white mask carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest.
He heard the gunman say, "I am the shooter," as if announcing himself, Patty said. He then fired several shots paced seconds apart.
A series of rapid-fire shots in short succession followed. Patty said he ducked to the ground and then ran.
His Macy's co-worker, Pam Moore, told The Associated Press the gunman was short, with dark hair, and dressed in camouflage.
"I heard about 20 shots and everyone hit the ground," Moore said. "That's when we all just ran."
Witnesses said the mall's Santa Claus was among those who ducked for cover.
The mall is one of the Portland area's busiest. It's in a middle-class area that has become popular with families as falling real estate prices have put its homes just a few miles from downtown Portland within financial reach.
The mall has about 185 stores and a 20-screen movie theater among anchor tenants that also include Nordstrom and J.C. Penney. Sheriff's deputies said it would remain closed during the investigation of the shooting, but it wasn't clear how long that would take.
Shaun Wik, 20, from Fairview, said he was Christmas shopping with his girlfriend Tuesday and opened a fortune cookie at the food court. Inside was written "live for today, remember yesterday, think of tomorrow."
As he read it, he heard three shots. He heard a man he believes was the gunman shout, "Get down!" but Wik and his girlfriend ran. He heard seven or eight more shots. He didn't turn around.
"If I had looked back, I might not be standing here," Wik said. "I might have been one of the ones who got hit."
Kira Rowland told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy's with her infant son when the shots started.
"All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping," Rowland told the station. "Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground."
Rowland said she heard people screaming and crying.
"I put the baby back in the stroller and ran like hell," Rowland said. "It was awful. It was shots after shots after shots like a massacre."
Holli Bautista, 28, said she was shopping in the Macy's for a Christmas dress for her daughter when she heard pops that sounded like firecrackers.
"I heard people running and screaming and saying `Get out, there's somebody shooting,'" she told the AP. "It was a scene of chaos."
She said hundreds of shoppers and mall employees started running, and she and dozens of other people were trying to escape through an exit in the department store.
Bautista said the Macy's opens into the food court area, where it was reported the shootings took place. Bautista said it sounded like the shots were coming from that direction.
Tiffany Turgetto and her husband had exited Macy's through the first floor when they heard the gunshots coming from the second floor of the mall.
"People in front of us people were dropping, finding covering," she told the AP. "People were yelling screaming and gasping, yelling to get out.
"The lady next to us, she threw a chair and started running. We couldn't run because the chair was there."
Turgetto and her husband and other people were able to quickly leave through a Barnes & Noble bookstore before the police arrived and locked down the mall.
"I had left my phone at home. I was telling people to call 911. Surprisingly, people are around me, no one was calling 911. I think people were in shock."
Kaelynn Keelin was working at two stores down from Macy's when the gunfire began and watched windows to another store get shot out.
She and her Made in Oregon co-workers ran to get customers inside the store to take shelter, Keelin said.
"We got lucky we stayed in," she said. "If we would have run out, we would have ran right into it."
- The cop at the briefing on live now looks like he wants to get back to smelling yummy cookies.
- Oh and for God's sake, don't mention gun control. Because they will mention knives kill, too. But they can't kill as quickly, as many, and as efficiently as a gun. Ever hear of a "drive by knifing?".
- America seems like such a violent country. Your jails are packed and you all want to carry guns to Starbucks. Frightening. You sound more like Syria
- [quote]You sound more like Syria
And you sound like an asshat.
- At least you're not here, R3.
Oh, and go fuck yourself.
- r3 has a point, peeps.
- Why do these motherfuckers do things like this? If you're depressed or angry then fucking off YOURSELF. But spreading the self hate by killing innocent people is just inane. I'm from Illinois and our stupid ass courts have rescinded the ban on conceal carry. I can't understand how this asshats think. Now that everyone can walk around legally with a gun they think that it will deter crime. What fucking drugs are THEY on. It will only increase death and chaos because mentally unstable people are walking around armed as well as people with short fuses. Jesus, what a country!
- This is so sad. Portland always sounds like such a chill place to live. I know there are is a redneck element in Oregon but it still seems like a great place to live. The holidays can be a very stressful time for the well adjusted let alone people with depression and rage issues. I also wonder why these people need to make innocent people suffer because they have flawed coping skills and shitty lives. I wonder if he got laid off or fired from his job at the mall. Or flunking out of college.
- R4 and R5, are you from the love it or leave it crowd? America invades countries and the violent crime rate here is horrible. Oakland is a bloody battle ground as I'm sure other American cities are.
The first step is always to admit you have a problem.
- America is a violent country. How anyone could attack another for stating the obvious is beyond belief. We deny the evidence, then the problem with no go away.
Yeah. The Middle East is a cesspool, but they kill and demonstrate in the name of a political moment. In America, we have riots breaking out when the home team wins/loses. We also have brawls and deaths on Black Friday.
To say that America is better than the rest of the world in terms of violence is ignorant.
- Can someone answer me a question?
Why are all the popular video games in this country so utterly violent?
- Yeah -- bet he was one of the Call of Duty kids
- The CIA does not really have much imaginatia with their military intelligence operatias:
same MO every time: 'lone gunman' kills and then shoots self(fatally of course).
- Explanatia bitte, Miss Lady Campbell of Soup.
Are you saying the shooter was a CIA operative?
- The real sociological danger is the influence an isolated incident like this - a demented person kills two in a crowded place - has upon a general population of 315,000,000 people. Far, far, far out of proportion as it even draws the usual tsk's from idiots abroad. We are all talking about it today, and little by little these events chip away at our sense of well-being. We develop the idea that our country is a violent, dangerous place. It is not.
What the world should be worried about is the cohort of wifeless, jobless, futureless young men that will burst into adulthood in the next two decades.
- He was actually really cute. Why do cute people do something like this. So sad and tragic.
- R15, wifeless? you realize you're on the Gay board, right?
- Because it's more fun to kill other people, r7.
- I would never shop at Macys because they sponser and employ that piece of shit donald trump
- "What the world should be worried about is the cohort of wifeless, jobless, futureless young men that will burst into adulthood in the next two decades. "
And you can thank the NRA for their tireless efforts to keep them armed.
Charlton Heston's Cold Dead Hands
- R15 meant "spouseless".
- "The real sociological danger is the influence an isolated incident like this"
Hon, come on down to Oakland or the Bayview District of San Francisco or I'm sure other places in America and you'll find that violence is not isolated. It is continual.
- [quote]"The real sociological danger is the influence an isolated incident like this"
- Sometimes I hate being right.
- yesterday's news
- Remember in The Producers when Franz Liebkin has been shooting at Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and runs out of bullets? Zero takes the opportunity to talk Franz into shooting the actors instead.
Well, I feel like Zero Mostel. I want to scream at these shooters, "Go after the bad guys! Use your mental fucking illness to do good. Shoot the CEOs. Shoot the billionaires who buy elections. Shoot the banksters. Shoot the board of directors of the NRA."
- [quote]This is so sad. Portland always sounds like such a chill place to live. I know there are is a redneck element in Oregon but it still seems like a great place to live.
Clackamas is the redneck element. They don't call it "Crackofmyass" for nothing.
- Now don't you feel silly R4 and R5. Not too bright are you.
America is a violent hell hole of guns and slaughter. Dead children in Connecticut is certain proof. War and greed and guns. What a culture.
- This story got washed away by Sandy Hook, but just before that happened, I read an article that said the gunman had an injury that kept him out of the Marines.
He wanted to travel.