CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A gunman shot and killed two people and critically injured a third person at Clackamas Town Center mall on Tuesday afternoon.
The shooter then turned the gun and killed himself, according Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes.
Deputies received a flurry of 9-1-1 calls around 3:30 p.m. about a shooter in the mall. They quickly responded and divided up into small teams to track down the shooter, Rhodes said.
No deputies fired their weapons during the incident, Rhodes said.
Rhodes did not release any details about the three victims or any details about the shooter, other than to say he is a male.
After the shooter was killed, deputies searched the mall room-by-room looking for anyone else who might be injured or hiding. By 6:30 p.m. they had searched almost the entire building.
"We will search this mall until we are certain it is secure and everyone has been removed," Rhodes said.
Witnesses describe the scene
Nadia Teleguz, who was in the mall at the time of the shooting, said a family friend was shot by the gunman.
"My friend's sister got shot," Teleguz said. "She's on her way to OHSU. They're saying she got shot in her side and so it's not life-threatening, so she'll be OK."
An Oregon Health and Science University spokeswoman confirmed that one patient arrived at the hospital in stable condition and was taken to the intensive care unit.
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. 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."
Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Adam Phillips said most people in the mall ran or found a place to hide when the shooting happened.
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.
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.
Rhodes said anyone who witnessed the shooting should get in contact with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office by calling (503) 655-8211.
Clackamas Town Center management said they plan to post information for stores, employees and shoppers on their website. They will also post information so people who left belongings in the mall can retrieve them.
TriMet bus lines that have been detoured because of police activity: The lines being detoured are: 28, 29, 30, 31, 71, 72, 79, 152, 155 and 156.
According to TriMet, the MAX Green Line is stopping at the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center.
Because the mall parking lot is closed, buses are stopping on Monterey near the parking lot entrance by the movie theater before going to the Fuller Street MAX station to connect bus riders with the MAX, according to TriMet.
Cop next to Macy's twitter.com/Shakabrodie/st…— Benjamin Christensen (@Shakabrodie) December 11, 2012
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Interior map of the Clackamas Town Center.
"Our Experience during the Clackamas Mall Shooting," Marin Torres, Jr.
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