Oregon mall shooting leaves 3 dead, 1 wounded.
A mall shooting in Clackamas County, 11 miles southeast
of Portland, occurred yesterday afternoon around 3:30
pm. The gunman entered through the food court and was
heard announcing "I am the shooter" before shooting off
at least 20 rounds. The two victims and shooter remain
unidentified until authorities can contact families. The
injured girl, Kristina Shevchenko age 15, remains in the
hospital in serious condition. (Source
by Joe LaRocca
Last night a gunman opened fire killing two people and
wounding another before taking his own life. One
additional victim is in the hospital. The incident took
place at the Clackamas Town Center (Portland, OR),
sending shoppers scrambling and stores into crisis mode.
There were many reports of the gunman shouting, “I’m the
shooter”, during the rampage at the mall. He was
allegedly wearing body armor, a mask and carrying an
assault rifle. When gunshots rang out it took a moment
for many to realize what was going on.
Based on the witness statements, it sounds like store
employees quickly responded by closing gates and
assisting customers out of harms way. Some customers and
nurses who were on-scene bravely treated victims. Over
100 law enforcement officers responded to the incident.
Authorities gave no motive for the attack and the mall
will be closed tomorrow.
Following an incident five years ago (December 5, 2007),
in Omaha's Westroads Mall, retailers and mall operators
worked together with the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) to develop educational materials. Below
you will find several free resources available through
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Active Shooter Online Training Program
A free online active shooter training program from the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Active Shooter Training Booklet
Active Shooter Pocket Guide
Active Shooter Poster
Active Shooter Virtual Roundtable
A 90-minute interactive virtual roundtable designed to
help the private and public sector understand the
importance of developing an emergency response plan and
the need to train employees on how to respond if
confronted with an active shooter.
I know I speak for the entire retail community when I
say that our thoughts and prayers are with the families
affected by this tragic incident.