Santa take the wheel…
Masked Gunman Opens Fire In Oregon Shopping Mall
An crazed gunman and two other shoppers have lost their lives after the masked man opened fire in an Oregon shopping mall yesterday during one of the busiest times of the year.
via Huffington Post
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.
The gunman was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Clackamas County sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes said. A shopper told KATU-TV he saw a man lying on the floor with a gun next to him.
Police said they have tentatively identified the gunman but would not release his name or give any information on a possible motive.
It’s so important to stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings during the holidays. Something about it all brings he wackos out every year.
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