Three people dead, including gunman, in Oregon mall shooting
Posted at: 12/11/2012 7:45 PM | Updated at: 12/11/2012 8:58 PM
Police says three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a shopping mall in the Portland, Ore., area.
Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes says the gunman fatally shot two people, and another person was wounded, in the Tuesday afternoon shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.
Rhodes says the gunman is also dead but he would not say how he died.
Hundreds of holiday shoppers and store employees evacuated the mall after the shots rang out around 3:30 p.m. Many others hid in stores, and Rhodes says deputies are going through the mall to get them out.
One witness at the Clackamas Town Center told television station KATU at least two people were shot, and he saw sheets put over them.
Another witness told the station she saw people screaming and parents grabbing their children as they fled the mall.
That witness said the gunman had a rifle and was wearing a camouflage outfit and a mask.
Another witness said ambulances were arriving at the scene.
Entrances to the mall have been blocked off.
No further details were immediately available from the Clackamas County sheriff's office.