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Holiday shoppers ran for their lives Tuesday when a gunman starting shooting at a mall near Portland, Oregon.
Three people are dead including the gunman.
Natisha Lance has the story.
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A CHAOTIC SCENE AT THE CLACKAMAS TOWN CENTER MALL NEAR PORTLAND, OREGON.
HOLIDAY SHOPPERS RAN FOR COVER AS A MASKED GUNMAN OPENED FIRE IN THE FOOD COURT OUTSIDE MACY'S.
The shots were really loud and really scary.
SERGEANT ADAM PHILLIPS WITH THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE GUNMAN KILLED TWO PEOPLE.. AND WOUNDED ANOTHER... BEFORE TAKING HIS OWN LIFE.
We have tentatively identified the shooter at this time. We will not release his name or any other information other than he's an adult male until we have 100% confirmed that identity.
THE MALL SANTA WAS VISITING WITH CHILDREN WHEN THE SHOTS RANG OUT.
I heard two shots and then after that I heard about 15-16 more shots and decided that it was gunshots so I hit the floor.
TYLER PEDERSON WAS AT THE MALL APPLYING FOR A JOB AT WHEN PANICKED CUSTOMERS CAME RUNNING INTO THE SEARS DEPARTMENT STORE.
People started hiding behind counters and eventually everybody went to the middle of Sears-and on top of the escalator where we were away from all the entrances and everybody could get together and sit there.
SHOPPERS WERE TOLD TO KEEP THEIR HANDS IN THE AIR AS POLICE EVACUATED THE MALL AND SEARCHED FOR THE SHOOTER.
OUTSIDE THE MALL, POLICE TALKED WITH WITNESSES TO PIECE TOGETHER WHAT HAPPENED.
You get ten different people who saw the same incident and they will give you ten versions of it.
THE MALL WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AS THE POLICE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
I'M NATISHA LANCE REPORTING
Police say a female shooting victim is hospitalized with a traumatic injury.
The names of the victims have not been released.