PORTLAND, Ore. — A masked gunman wearing camouflage opened fire Tuesday in a busy Portland mall, leaving the gunman and two others dead and forcing the mall's Santa Claus and hundreds of Christmas shoppers and employees to flee or hide among store displays.
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. A series of rapid-fire shots in short succession followed as Christmas music played. Patty said he ducked to the ground and then ran.
Currently, he has only killed 2 people. There is a girl in the hospital fighting for her life. The shooter died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. It's sad that all of this happened so close to the holidays but I really saw it coming. I was at the mall last week thinking "damn, there are a lot of people here". It would almost make sense that someone would pick this time to do a mall shooting.
Forgive me if this was posted already... I am learning my way around the boards. I looked and didn't see anything!