Man opens fire on holiday shoppers in mall

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Submitted: Wed, 12/12/2012 - 3:14am
Updated: Wed, 12/12/2012 - 1:23pm

PORTLAND, OR (WWAY) — Police say a young man opened fire in a crowded mall of holiday shoppers in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. The gunman killed two people before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

One witness says, “And all of a sudden we heard a big bang, we covered our ears and we got down, and all of a sudden, like five seconds later we heard rapid fire, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Then I just took off running.”

The shots were heard throughout the shopping center. Another witness says, “we heard some people running and screaming so were hiding in the back but we did not know what was going on, we didn’t want to look through the windows or anything.”

Then, the swat team moved into Clackamas Town Center. Officers scoured the mall for any survivors.

Lt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office says, “the shooter is deceased, two dead and one transported to trauma. Additionally, I can confirm that the shooter is dead of an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound. By accounts there was no rounds fired by law enforcement involved today.”

Police and eyewitnesses say the gunman opened fire when he walked out of Macy’s into the food court.

Jacob Rogers witnessed the shooting and says, “everything became so real it was a lot like Virginia Tech and the accidents at Columbine and he came in with a hockey mask on you know so obviously he came in with the intent to kill.”

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3 Comments on "Man opens fire on holiday shoppers in mall"

2015 years 8 months ago

Had the gunman been on a revenge shoot out, had he been seeking to target anyone in particularly or was this all indiscriminate shooting? Which augers another question, why today, what had finally snapped in the man’s head that he needed to go out there and inflict such horrific carnage? And then even more strangely if he had come dressed for battle why did he in the end choose to fatally shoot himself?

Or could one even wonder perversely that the man hadn’t necessarily come to kill an entire town but simply to take a whole community and country hostage with his self capitulation, ensuring himself finally a melodramatic exit from a life that increasingly as for many Americans has begun to lose value or meaning and led to some choosing a guns blazing glory self demise?

2015 years 8 months ago

This is a perfect example for more citizen to stand up and stop these mind less shooting and stop them before they happen!
Because just like jacob rogers says he came in with a hockey mask on so he obviously came with the intent to kill. So that means people seen just before he started shooting.

2015 years 8 months ago

he was under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist. he told this person he was angry and wanted to kill. he bought a firearm “legally” because he had virtually no record. the mental health care provder didn’t report this to the courts/legal system because of some absurd rule keeping society in the dark about these people. MAKE IT A LAW THAT MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS REPORT THESE PEOPLE TO THE COURT SYSTEM SO THAT THEY MAY BE FLAGGED & NOT ALLOWED TO PURCHASE FIREARMS!