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Clackamas Mall Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — [UPDATE 7:00 a.m. 12/12/2012] Police say they tentatively identified the shooter, but have yet to publicly announce his identity. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office say’s the shooter was a man in his 20′s who apparently fired at random, killing two victims, before his gun jammed. He then took his own life. The other victim of the shooting, Kristina Shevchenko, 15,  remains at O.H.S.U., in serious, but stable condition.

The mall is closed Thursday. The Clackamas Town Center posted the following on their web site:  “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this unfortunate incident.  We are grateful to have the stellar support of all the law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel in the area, who immediately took action and continue to ensure the safety of everyone remaining at the property.  The mall will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12.”

[UPDATE 6:40 p.m.] The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says the adult male shooter died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

[UPDATE 5:41 p.m.] The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the shooter and two other people are dead. One other person was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. One hundred officers from multiple agencies are searching for people who are still inside the mall.

[UPDATE 5:17 p.m.] Police report that the suspected shooter at Clackamas Town Center has been “neutralized”. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon around 3:20 p.m.

Eyewitnesses say the suspect was armed with an automatic rifle and fired shots in the food court at the mall. Multiple sources from Twitter report that there are two people are dead and at least seven people injured.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is responding and has the mall locked down.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released this statement regarding the incident: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I appreciate the work of the first responders and their quick reaction to this tragic shooting. Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans is on the scene. I have directed State Police to make any and all necessary resources available to local law enforcement.”

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley issued this statement:  “I am shocked by today’s horrific and deeply disturbing events at Clackamas Town Center. To lose even one Oregonian to violence is heartbreaking. To have an ordinary December afternoon at the mall descend into a scene of murder and terror is absolutely devastating. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their loved ones, and all who have been affected by this terrible act of violence.”

You can follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #ClackamasShooting.


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  1. Abby says:

    So scary. I used to live right by there. What has our world come too. I am sending lots of prayers to the victims and their families

  2. Ed Head says:

    What is going. On Oregon ? A 7 and 11 yr old try to steal a woman’s car and now a shooting at a Mall with a No Gun policy. Even the mall security are unarmed.

    1. Ted says:

      I figured the NO GUN policies would keep criminals from using guns. Who would think a criminal would break the NO GUN rule?

  3. David Nelson says:

    So how did that Gun Free Zone work.

    1. David Nelson says:

      Really do not think it was an Automatic Weapon. Ever Priced one of those and do not tell me they can be bought on any street corner. Cause I want you to take me to that corner. I want one.

  4. Baldr Odinson says:

    Yet another mass shooting using a semi-auto assault rifle. When will we stop letting people buy and own these weapons of mass destruction? Even with a 100-shot drum, it is completely legal, yet unnecessary outside of the military for self-defense or hunting.

    1. Johovah says:

      Couple issues here hoss. 3 people dead including the gunman. That’s a real big stretch to call that a “mass shooting” there. There is no such thing as a “semi-auto assault rifle” nor has there even been. The term assault rifle applied to a weapon means that the weapon has fully automatic capabilities, making it a machine gun according to the BATFE. Meaning for one pull of the trigger the weapon will fire until either the trigger is released or the magazine (not CLIP!) is depleted. Semi-automatic weapons fire 1(ONE) bullet per 1(ONE) trigger pull. About 100 shot drums, if a criminal wanted to go for a volume of kills, magazine capacity WILL NOT effect how they do it. I can guarantee the gunman DID NOT have and assault rifle. The reason why any news outlet describes most firearms “assault weapons” is for sensationalism to rile up the anti-gun people.

      I feel as though it’s in bad taste to use the victims of this crime as martyrs for a political philosophy such as gun control, especially when those who would decry guns are very ignorant to the nature, terminology, and true purpose of firearms. Most people have learned their gun knowledge through Call of Duty and Hollywood movies, the poorest of mediums. If you don’t like something educate yourself about it BEFORE you try to do something against it, because you will soon realize gun violence makes up a small fraction of deaths compared to deaths by car wrecks, smoking, and obesity, and other preventable things.

  5. Baldr Odinson says:

    Official statement on the shooting from Ceasefire Oregon: http://newtrajectory.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-statement-from-ceasefire-oregon-on.html

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