|Oregon Mall Shooting: Man Kills 2, Self in Rampage||
A masked gunman opened fire on Wednesday at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two people, injuring one, and then killing himself.
“I can confirm the shooter is dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound,” Lt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County, Ore., Sheriff's Department said today. “By all accounts there were no rounds fired by law enforcement today in the mall.”
Police have not released the names of the deceased. Rhodes said authorities are in the process of notifying victims' families. The injured victim has been transported to a local hospital.
Rhodes described the shooter as an adult male.
Witnesses from the shooting rampage said that a young man in a white hockey mask and bulletproof vest tore through the Macy's, food court, and mall hallways firing rounds at shoppers beginning around 3:30 p.m.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the busy mall full of holiday shoppers after the shooting began.
The gunman entered the mall through a Macy's store, ran through the upper level of Macy's and opened fire near the mall food court, firing multiple shots, one right after another, with what is believed to be a black, semiautomatic rifle, according to witness reports.
Amber Tate said she was in the parking lot of the mall when she saw the shooter run by, wearing a mask and carrying a machine gun, headed for the Macy's.
“He looked like a teenager wearing a gun, like a bullet-proof vest and he had a machine, like an assault rifle and a white mask and he looked at me,” she said.
Witnesses described the shooter as being on a mission and determined, looking straight ahead. He then seemed to walk through the mall toward the other end of the building, shooting along the way, according to witness reports.
(Source: ABC News)
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