Oregon Mall Shooting Gunman Wore Hockey Mask
Witnesses describe chaotic scene
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 4:10 AM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2012 7:58 AM CST
Police and medics work the scene of a multiple shooting at Clackamas Town Center Mall in Portland, Ore.    (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

(Newser) – Hundreds of people ran or took cover during chaotic scenes as a gunman opened fire in an Oregon mall yesterday, killing 2 people before apparently taking his own life. "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target," the Portland-area mall's Santa tells the AP. Police say around 10,000 people were in the mall when the gunman, wearing a hockey mask and possibly body armor, opened fire. A security guard says he heard shots before a shout of "Everyone on the ground," the New York Times reports.

"I was by Santa Claus in front of Macy's when we heard, 'Pow. Pow. Pow,'" a World War II veteran who saw a crowd of terrified shoppers fleeing tells the Oregonian. "People screamed and ran. I saw Santa drop to the floor." Some shoppers and mall workers hid for hours while police made sure there was only one shooter. Police say they have tentatively identified a 22-year-old suspect but have not released a name or any information on a possible motive. A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured but police say the toll could have been much worse. Witnesses say the gunman's rifle jammed soon after the rampage began.

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Dec 12, 2012 2:46 PM CST
I think it's time we got rid of hockey for good.
Dec 12, 2012 1:49 PM CST
When will we put our foot down as a nation? How many times does this sort of thing need to happen before we act? Please join me in petitioning for the immediate ban of all ski masks. (Unless of course you are at a ski resort or can show proof of skiing...lift ticket, broken leg, etc.)
Dec 12, 2012 11:23 AM CST
I would have taken cover behind the fat guy in the red suit... : )