A shooting in a suburban Portland, Oregon mall yesterday afternoon has the county in shock this morning. Police say ten thousand people were inside the Clackamas Town Center yesterday when a gunman opened fire.
He killed two people and critically wounded a third before reportedly taking his own life. Undersheriff Matt Ellington from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon joins "Early Start" live over phone this morning with details.
While the police have tentatively identified the suspect, Undersheriff Ellington says the sheriff's office isnt releasing that information at the moment out of respect to the victims. He discloses, however, that the gunman was a male the police believe to be in his early twenties.
"The investigation is still ongoing," Ellington says. "At this point, we do not have any indiciation as to what the suspect's motive was." The names of the victims are also being witheld, but Ellington confirms "that one victim was an adult female, and one was an adult male." The 15-year-old young lady who was critically injured was last reported to be in stable condition, he confirms.
According to reports, the gunman was wearing a hockey mask and a bullet proof vest. Ellington says he cannot confirm the bullet proof vest. "But I can confirm that we did recover a hockey-type mask,” he says. He does not yet know whether he worked at the mall.