Two people slain in Oregon mall shooting
A Gunman opens fire inside an Oregon shopping mall in the US, killing two before being "neutralized," police say.PT0M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2b9dd 620 349 December 12, 2012
At least one person is dead and multiple people are wounded after a shooting in a US mall filled with holiday shoppers.
Clackamas County sheriff's Lieutenant James Rhodes says he is still trying to get more details about the situation at the Clackamas Town Centre, in Portland, Oregon, but the gunman has been "neutralised".
He says he isn't sure whether the gunman is dead.
People look on outside Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas, Oregon, where A gunman opened fire in the shopping mall on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding an unknown number of others. Photo: AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely
Authorities are going store-to-store to secure the scene, but Rhodes says there is no indication that there is more than one gunman.
A witness told KATU television that she saw people screaming and parents grabbing their children as they fled the mall.
That witness says the gunman had a rifle and was wearing a camouflage outfit and a mask.
Law enforcement personnel work the scene of a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas, Oregon. Photo: AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely
Kira Rowland told KGW-TV she was shopping at Macy’s with her infant when the shots started.‘‘All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping,’’ Rowland told the station.
‘‘Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground.’’
Rowland said she heard people screaming and crying.
‘‘I put the baby back in the stroller and ran like hell,’’ Rowland said.
‘‘It was awful. It was shots after shots after shots like a massacre.
‘‘It was just awful.’’
Holli Bautista, 28, said she was shopping for a Christmas dress for her daughter when she heard a two or three pops that sounded like firecrackers.
‘‘I heard people running and screaming and saying ’Get out, there’s somebody shooting’,’’ she told The Associated Press.
‘‘It was a scene of chaos.’’
She said hundreds of shoppers and mall employees started running, and she and dozens of other people were trying to escape through an exit in the department store.
Bautista said the Macy’s store opens into the food court area, where it was reported the shootings took place.
Bautista said it sounded like the shots were coming from that direction.
Once Bautista made it out of the mall, police officers directed her and the other shoppers across the street to another shopping centre.
As she looked across the street, Bautista said she could see hundreds of police officers, firefighters and emergency workers pouring in.
Macy’s employees Pam Moore and Austin Patty told the AP the shooter was short, with dark hair, dressed in camouflage.
He had body armour and a rifle and was wearing a white mask, they said.‘‘I heard about 20 shots and everyone hit the ground,’’ Moore said.
‘‘That’s when we all just ran.’’