On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, a shooting occurred at the Clackamas Town Center mall, near Portland, Oregon, leaving three dead. The mall attack began at around 3:20 p.m.
The shooter's cause of death appears to have been suicide, as at the law enforcement news conference at 6:30 p.m. Pacific, it was stated that police did not fire any weapons in the mall. By 6:45 p.m., CNN had confirmed the suspect died by suicide.
"It was kind of surreal because we hear pops and loud noises all the time because we're right here by the food court, but it's never been anything like that,” Evan Walters, a mall store employee, told KATU. “It was very definite gun shots. I think most all of us knew it was gunshots. There really was no rhyme or reason to them. There were many in a row."
Walters said he saw two people who had been shot and killed. Walters and other store employees brought out sheets from the store to place over the victims.
"Everyone's just trying to stick together and be as calm as possible for people ... I don't know what else to say,” Walters said. “It's just kind of scary. We're just trying to be as strong as we can and hopefully we'll be out of this as soon as possible."
Clackamas was named after the Upper Chinook group of Native peoples who use to live in the Clackamas river valley of northwestern Oregon. Their language is now extinct.