PORTLAND -- The Clackamas Town Center is scheduled to re-open Friday after the shooting that took three lives and sent terrified shoppers running for cover Tuesday afternoon.
The mall, surrounding parking lots, and entry roads have been blocked off by police since Tuesday night. This has also included the TriMet bus and MAX stops. Passengers were advised to use the Southeast Fuller Road MAX station instead. TriMet: Service alerts
Employees returned to the mall Thursday morning for a meeting to plan the next day's opening. The mall will reopen to shoppers at 9 a.m., Friday.
The sign at the entrance of the mall says "In Our Hearts Forever - 12-11-12." Workers said reopening will be part of their healing process.
"Hopefully people will still come back to the mall and not feel fearful," said Nikki Johnson, who works at Puzzle Lights inside the mall. "Like everybody else, our hearts go out to everybody in this situation, but when it comes down to business, we would like to get the stores back open as soon as possible."
Mall managers posted a statement on the Clackamas Town Center's Facebook page Thursday morning that read:
"We will reopen tomorrow morning, December 14, at 9 a.m. Additionally, we will be holding a candlelight vigil for the victims and the community. As soon as details are finalized, we will post updates here. [on their Facebook page] Please continue to keep the victims, their families and the entire community in your prayers during this difficult time."
The Clackamas Town Center has 187 stores and restaurants. The sheriff estimated that 10,000 people were inside when Jacob Roberts, 22, of Portland, opened fire. Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, of West Linn was killed in the shooting, along with Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, of Northeast Portland. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, also of Portland, was struck by several bullets, but survived.