Clackamas Mall Closed, Details Emerge After Tuesday Shooting

OPB | Dec. 12, 2012 6:12 a.m. | Portland

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The Clackamas Town Center Mall is closed today as details emerge about a terrifying shooting Tuesday afternoon.

A road closed outside Clackamas Town Center

A road closed outside Clackamas Town Center

April Baer / OPB

Three were killed including the gunman, who killed himself, police said.

A teen was shot and wounded and is being treated at Oregon Health and Science University. OHSU released her identity  Wednesday after her family gave permission. She is Kristina Shevchenko. The family asked not to be interviewed.

About 10,000 people were at the mall. Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts recognized the “many true heroes” who helped at the scene.

About 100 law enforcement officers responded from local, state and federal departments Tuesday. None fired their weapons.

Shopkeepers and others detailed their terrifying experiences to Kristian Foden-Vencil Tuesday.

NPR’s Mark Memmott shared others here.

In an 8 p.m. press conference Tuesday, Roberts told reporters, “The mall is supposed to be a place that we can all take our families, feel comfortable that this is a great place, especially at the holiday season like this, and these things aren’t supposed to happen.”

Police say there is no known connection between the gunman and those killed and injured.

The department has updated press releases at this link. They also used their Twitter feed to keep the public and media updated. They have been seeking witnesses to come forward as they investigate the incident.

A 10 a.m. press conference has been tentatively scheduled for  Wednesday morning.

Officials declined Tuesday to identify the gun used in the attack. Sgt. Adam Phillips told reporters, “I do not have information to share with you about what type of weapon it was, I don’t know how many shots were fired, there’s a lot of speculation around it. But we’re going to report on what we actually know, not speculation.”

The Max Green Line will not stop at the the mall platform this a.m., transit officials said. Passengers are asked to board and deboard trains at the SE Fuller Road station.

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