PORTLAND, OR.- Three people are now dead after a gunman opened fire in a shopping mall during the heart of holiday shopping season, when the mall was filled with thousands of shoppers on Tuesday evening.
At least two people died inside the mall after a gunman opened fire on holiday shoppers.
"I went up to go buy the bad and then there was like 11 shots fired...and everyone in the mall, er, store, just looked at each other like 'was that really gunshots we just heard?'" said Cameryn Calhoun, who was at the mall at the time.
The shooting happened at the Clackamas Town Center Mall. Witnesses say the gunman, wearing a mask and dark clothing, fired dozens of shots near the mall's food court.
Shoppers and mall employees were scattered, some hiding in back rooms and behind locked doors, as they waited for police to arrive. Shoppers say after they were let out, SWAT members started grouping them together and escorted them out.
One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The gunman is also dead after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but so far, authorities aren't revealing much about him.
"I do not have information to share with you on what time of weapon it was," said Sergeant Adam Phillips from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "I don't know how many shots were fired. There's been a lot of speculation around it, but we're going to report on what we actually know, not speculation."
Meantime, authorities have closed the mall as they continue investigation. Police say they believe they have identified the gunman, but they are not released his name.
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