Police: Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

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Witnesses heard the gunman saying, “I am the shooter,” as he fired rounds from a semi-automatic rifle inside the Clackamas Town Center, a popular suburban mall several miles from downtown Portland.

Some were close enough to the shooter to feel the percussion of his gun.

Kayla Sprint, 18, was interviewing for a job at a clothing store when she heard shots.

“We heard people running back here screaming, yelling, ‘911,’” she told The Associated Press.

Ms. Sprint barricaded herself in the store’s back room until the coast was clear.

Jason DeCosta, a manager of a window-tinting company that has a display on the mall’s ground floor, said when he arrived to relieve his co-worker, he heard shots ring out upstairs.

Mr. DeCosta ran up an escalator, past people who had dropped for cover and glass littering the floor.

“I figure if he’s shooting a gun, he’s gonna run out of bullets,” Mr. DeCosta said, “and I’m gonna take him.”

Mr. DeCosta said that when he got to the food court, “I saw a gentleman face down, obviously shot in the head.”

“A lot of blood,” Mr. DeCosta said. “You could tell there was nothing you could do for him.”

He said he also saw a woman on the floor who had been shot in the chest.

Austin Patty, 20, who works at Macy's, said he saw a man in a white mask carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest. There was a series of rapid-fire shots in short succession as Christmas music played. Mr. Patty said he dove for the floor and then ran.

His Macy's co-worker, Pam Moore, told the AP the gunman was short, with dark hair.

Kira Rowland told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy's with her infant son when the shots started.

“All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping,” Ms. Rowland told the station. “Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground.”

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