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Three Dead, Including Gunman, In Mall Shooting

OPB | Dec. 11, 2012 7:35 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 2:32 p.m. | Portland

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April Baer / OPB

A gunman shot two people before taking his own life at Clackamas Town Center Tuesday afternoon. A young woman who was shot multiple times survived the shooting and was in intensive care at Oregon Health Science University Tuesday night.

According to some eye-witnesses, the shooter was carrying a rifle and wearing military fatigues and a mask when he opened fire near Macy’s and the food court on the mall’s second floor. Officials with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office would not confirm those accounts or provide other information about the shooter, other than to say that he was male and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The mall was bustling when the shooting began just before 3:30 p.m., with children being photographed with Santa and many people filling the movie theater.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes said that people responded appropriately — running or taking shelter — when the shooting began.

Hundreds of police officers swarmed the mall after they received dozens of 911 calls reporting the shooting. They moved quickly to secure exits and entrances to the mall, guarantee the safety of civilians and begin an orderly evacuation of the mall that took several hours.

Police did not release the names of the shooting victims.

The surviving gunshot victim was described by OHSU Chief Medical Officer Charles Kilo as a “young woman, possibly in late teens,” and in serious but stable condition. She and her family do not wish to be identified or to speak with the media, Kilo said.

Live coverage from Tuesday afternoon and evening is online here.


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