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At least 1 killed in Clackamas mall shooting; shooter 'neutralized'

8:40 pm - 12/11/2012

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – At least one person was killed after a shooting inside Clackamas Town Center mall on Tuesday afternoon, according [to] deputies.

Clackamas County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. James Rhodes said as of 4:50 p.m., the shooter had been "neutralized." He did not specify if deputies shot the suspect or if the suspect was dead.

He said deputies didn't believe there were any other shooters involved, although they are still searching the mall to ensure that is the case.

At least four and as many as seven more people were reportedly injured.

"We believe there's at least one deceased and maybe more," said Rhodes.

Officers first received reports of a shooter with a mask wearing a vest.

Video from KATU's helicopter showed dozens of ambulances lined up outside the mall and a LifeFlight helicopter in the parking lot. At least one patient was taken to OHSU.

An employee at a store in the mall, Evan Walters was locked inside a store with about 10 others just a few feet away from where the shooting happened.

Walters said at least 20 shots were fired.

"It was kind of surreal because we hear pops and loud noises all the time because we're right here by the food court, but it's never been anything like that,” he said. “It was very definite gun shots. I think most all of us knew it was gunshots. There really was no rhyme or reason to them. There were many in a row."

He saw two people who had been shot and killed. In fact, Walters and other store employees brought out sheets from the store to place over the victims.

"Everyone's just trying to stick together and be as calm as possible for people ... I don't know what else to say,” Walters said. “It's just kind of scary. We're just trying to be as strong as we can and hopefully we'll be out of this as soon as possible."

Amber Tate said she was coming out of Macy’s and standing by her car when she spotted a gunman, who was wearing a camo shirt and what looked like a bulletproof vest. Tate said he looked like a teenager.

“The parking lot was a mess,” she said. “It was just super scary.”

Tate, who didn't hear any shots fired, said at first, she thought the gunman was wearing a paintball vest.

"But then I saw all these people running out screaming and people grabbing their kids and crying and trying to get into their cars as fast as they could," she said.

KATU reporter Anna Canzano said her husband, Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano, was pulling up to the mall when the shooting happened. He said people reported hearing around 60 shots from the food court.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the building.

The sheriff's department sent out a short notice saying there is an "active shooting call" at the mall.

A man named Sam said he was at the mall shopping at GameStop when the shooting happened.

"A bunch of people were screaming and running by and kind of in a panic and they were yelling that there was a shooting," he said.

Canzano reported seeing people at the mall crying and distraught as police officers swarmed the mall.

It’s not clear who the shooter is.

The shooting happened around 3:20 p.m.


The thing about the sheets really gets me for some reason.

edit: Multiple sources are now saying the shooter is dead.
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countrygirl_914 12th-Dec-2012 01:48 am (UTC)

MSNBC is showing the local affiliate, and the police said that the shooter is dead.
chaya 12th-Dec-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
scriptedending 12th-Dec-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I was watching MSNBC when they cut into the broadcast to report on this story, and they haven't stopped even though there is nothing new to say. I am so sorry to hear about the people who were killed and injured, and I am glad the shooter is dead. I am also glad they are waiting to release details until they are certain of the facts.

Wanna bet everyone will make a big stink about guns after yet another public shooting, and nothing will be done yet again? It is depressing.
aviv_b 12th-Dec-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I've been watching on MSNBC and I had to turn it off.

When will people in the U.S. be willing to acknowledge that most people living in countries where there is not active warfare or civil unrest don't have to worry about being shot at the mall or movie theater.
chimbleysweep 12th-Dec-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Ah, but let's remember that according to Fox it's never time to talk about gun control or safety or anything except Ted Nugent-style living!!!
evilgmbethy 12th-Dec-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Holy shit you guys, I used to work in that mall and this sort of thing was always my biggest fear.

At least I know all my friends who still work there and everyone who worked at the store where I used to work is okay. A couple hours ago when I heard about this I texted a friend and she wasn't there but she said that all her coworkers were locked in the breakroom hiding, but okay.

So awful. :/
chaya 12th-Dec-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad your friends are safe.
pamuya 12th-Dec-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
they're saying 3 dead including the shooter.

Edited at 2012-12-12 02:11 am (UTC)
chimbleysweep 12th-Dec-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
This is terrifying. My heart goes out to everyone there.
bork 12th-Dec-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Live stream here: http://www.katu.com/news/live
star_maple 12th-Dec-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Holy crap. I know this mall well. I hope no one I know was injured!
seishin 12th-Dec-2012 02:36 am (UTC)

I hope everyone you know checks in safe and sound

Edited at 2012-12-12 02:36 am (UTC)
kitanabychoice 12th-Dec-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
This is so messed up and sad, it seems like this is happening more and more. But certainly now's not the time to talk about gun control, right?
betray802 12th-Dec-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
But certainly now's not the time to talk about gun control, right?

I've already heard my father on the phone to one of his hangers-on, talking about "false flags created by the liberals."

I just can't.
seishin 12th-Dec-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
CNN is reporting that the gunman, and 2 victims dead, another person to hospital. D:

Apparently the shooter died of a self inflicted wound.

I fucking cant with this world anymore.
a_phoenixdragon 12th-Dec-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Jesus, WTF! Happy fucking Holidays...

robintheshrew 12th-Dec-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
I agree, the employees taking out the sheets is just heart-wrenching.
lantean_breeze 12th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
My heart goes out to the victims. If the shooter really was a teenager, then I feel sad for whatever led him to this. Makes me think of Columbine for some reason...
burntblueseason 12th-Dec-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
This is less than 5 miles from my house & I've visited it often enough that I could picture the scene as it was described. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones :( :(
oceandezignz 12th-Dec-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
I cried at the sheets part. Bless them and everyone else involved. I hope they figure out why the shooter did this.

And I think if this year isn't a sign that American has a serious gun problem they refuse to do something about, then I don't know what's what anymore.

This is all terrible.

Edit: because Cherry wiggling is not appropriate for sad news.

Edited at 2012-12-12 05:37 am (UTC)
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