Suspect on the loose after shots fired at Clackamas Town Center

Suspect on the loose after shots fired at Clackamas Town Center

Suspect on the loose after shots fired at Clackamas Town Center

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by David Krough and KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 5:26 PM

PORTLAND – Three people were shot and suspect was on the loose inside a locked-down Clackamas Town Center mall Tuesday.

Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies said it was an "active shooting call."

Three people were hit, according to American Medical Response after ten to 15 shots were fired by a person in a hockey mask, AMR said.

“There were just cops everywhere and sirens and ambulances coming in. I hope everyone is okay,” said a shopper named Isabel, who fled after the shooting. “It’s so close to a holiday. It’s terrible.”

The mall was locked down, according to an employee at Nordstrom. A witness told KGW she heard several gunshots near there, before people ran out of the mall.

“A deputy is about 50 yards away from me. He has a shotgun out, he’s hiding behind a car,” said John Canzano, a well-known local sports columnist.

Canzano said all the store security cages were immediately closed.

Several police agencies and emergency vehicles were on the scene and the suspect was still inside the mall.

KGW Reporter Mike Benner reported sirens and police across the area, describing the scene as "chaos."

A witness reported the suspect had a rifle and it jammed, before he dropped a magazine onto the floor and ran into the Macy's.

Witness Benjamin Christensen, who works in the mall, said he was there when the shooting began. He heard one shot, then six or seven more. He then began helping to evacuate others out of the rear exits.

 


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