3 dead, 1 hurt in Ore­gon mall shoot­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

out­fit and a white mask fired shots at Clacka­mas Town Cen­ter. Shop­pers tried to find safe ar­eas as teams of po­lice of­fi­cers be­gan en­ter­ing the mall to find the shooter.

Au­thor­i­ties were go­ing store-to-store to se­cure the scene and to es­cort hid­ing shop­pers out­side, but Rhodes said there was no in­di­ca­tion that there was more than one shooter.

Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy’s, said he saw a man in a white mask car­ry­ing a ri­fle and wear­ing a bul­let­proof vest.

He heard the gun­man say “I am the shooter,” as if an­nounc­ing him­self, Patty said. He then fired sev­eral shots sev­eral sec­onds apart.

A se­ries of rapid-fire shots in short suc­ces­sion fol­lowed. Patty said he ducked to the ground, then ran.

His Macy’s co-worker, Pam Moore, said the gun­man was short, with dark hair, dressed in cam­ou­flage. He had body ar­mor and a ri­fle.

“I heard about 20 shots and ev­ery­one hit the ground,” Moore said. “That’s when we all just ran.”

Shaun Wik, 20, from Fairview, said he was with his girl­friend at the food court when he heard three shots. He heard a man he be­lieves was the gun­man shout, “Get down!” but Wik and his girl­friend ran. He heard seven or eight more shots. He didn’t turn around.

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