A still image taken from video courtesy of KATU-TV shows
Portland police officers responding to a shooting inside an
Oregon shopping mall. Photo by Reuters
A gunman opened fire inside a crowded Oregon shopping
mall, killing at least two people and terrorizing shoppers
before he was also slain, police said.
The afternoon shooting at the crowded shopping centre in the
Portland suburb of Happy Valley touched off a panic inside
the mall, with shoppers streaming out as police and fire
crews arrived on the scene.
"I can confirm that we believe at this point that there was
one and only one shooter involved and that that shooter is
deceased," Clackamas County Sheriff's spokesman Lieutenant
James Rhodes told a press briefing.
"In addition to that, we have at least one patient who was
taken from the mall with a traumatic injury and at least two
that were deceased in addition to the shooter," he added.
Rhodes did not say how the suspect was killed.
Police said they were working to evacuate terrified shoppers,
who were reported by local media and via Twitter to have
hidden in the back rooms of shops as gunshots rang out in the
The Oregonian newspaper reported on its website that
the gunman had used a semi-automatic rifle and may have also
been wearing body armor, but police did not immediately
The paper said the shooting occurred near the mall's food
"All of a sudden I heard something similar to a .22 popping,
probably eight times, and people dropping everywhere, people
screaming," witness Christina Fisher said in an interview
aired on CNN. "It was chaos."
The identities of the dead and wounded were not immediately
released. The gunman was also not identified and authorities
did not release the type of weapon or weapons used.
Oregonian sports reporter John Canzano, who said he was at
the mall when the shooting began, tweeted that "panicked
people are running from the mall" and later urged his
followers simply to "pray."
Police and SWAT teams established a perimeter around the
scene and worked to evacuate the mall as they searched for
the shooting suspect. The Clackamas County Sheriff's office
urged members of the public to avoid the area.
A spokeswoman for the mall said she had no immediate
information and directed calls to law enforcement