Person opens fire at mall near Portland, Ore. - New York News

At least 3 dead in Portland area mall shooting, including gunman

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A gunman opened fire in a Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding one other before taking his own life, Oregon police said.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes said he was still trying to get more details about the situation at the Clackamas Town Center Tuesday night, but the gunman was "neutralized." He said he wasn't sure whether the gunman is dead at the time.

Oregon police confirmed in a press conference Wednesday that the gunman did, in fact, take his own life.

They said Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, was armed with a AR15 semi-automatic rifle and several fully loaded magazines. He was wearing a vest - not bullet-proof - and a hockey face mask when he entered the mall. Roberts, of 7324 SE 84th Ave, Portland, Ore., had driven a 1996 Volkswagen  Jetta to the mall that day.

Police received multiple 911 calls at 3:29 p.m., and had their first unit on the scene by 3:30 p.m.

In the Wednesday press conference, police said they responded according to active shooter protocol. That procedure calls for teams of officers and responders from different departments were assembled into adhoc teams as soon as possible, so that they could immediately engage the gunman, contain the situation and get victims out safely.

Police said they did not know much about his motive for the shooting spree, except that he appeared to be trying to hit as many people as possible. They said his targets appeared to be random, and that there did not appear to be any connections between Roberts and the victims.

Kira Rowland told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy's with her infant when the shots started.

"All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping," Rowland told the station. "Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground."

Rowland said she heard people screaming and crying.

"I put the baby back in the stroller and ran like hell," Rowland said. "It was awful. It was shots after shots after shots like a massacre.

"It was just awful."

Holli Bautista, 28, said she was shopping in the Macy's for a Christmas dress for her daughter when she heard a two or three pops that sounded like firecrackers.

"I heard people running and screaming and saying 'Get out, there's somebody shooting,'" she told The Associated Press. "It was a scene of chaos."

She said hundreds of shoppers and mall employees started running, and she and dozens of other people were trying to escape through an exit in the department store.

Bautista said the Macy's opens into the food court area, where it was reported the shootings took place. Bautista said it sounded like the shots were coming from that direction.

Once Bautista made it out of the mall, police officers were directed her and the other shoppers across the street to another shopping center.

As she looked across the street, Bautista said she could see hundreds of police officers, firefighters and emergency workers pouring in.

"They're coming in from multiple different agencies. There's tons of ambulances lined up," she said.

Macy's employees Pam Moore and Austin Patty told the AP the shooter was short, with dark hair, dressed in camouflage.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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