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3 killed, including shooter, in Clackamas mall shooting

Published On: Dec 11 2012 06:16:25 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2012 08:22:11 PM CST
Clackmas Town Center shooting SWAT Team

KATU News

A police SWAT team outside Clackamas Town Center mall after the shooting on Tuesday.

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 was also killed, according Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes. It’s not clear if the shooter was shot by deputies or shot himself.

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.

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.

"We will search this mall until we are certain it is secure and everyone has been removed," Rhodes said.

Witnesses describe the scene

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."

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.

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