On Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 PM, a man opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Portland, Oregon. According to police, wo people were killed and as many as six injured, at least one of whom is hospitalized and in serious condition. Early reports indicated that the gunman may have been wearing body armor and/or camouflage, and was wearing the hockey mask associated with Jason in the Friday the 13th films. After firing up to 60 rounds, he killed himself. No law enforcement officers fired any shots inside the mall.
TV station KATU interviewed the mall Santa on duty that afternoon. He hit the ground when he heard shots: “fortunately there weren’t too many kids or people in the set area,” he told reporters. After the shooter opened fire near Macy’s, shoppers and employees alike huddled in stores while waiting to hear that it was safe to leave. “When about 40 people run out a store screaming, you know nothing good is going on,” a shopper who was dining at a Panera near the Macy’s store told an Oregonian reporter.