Michelle Young – Dec 12, 2012
Clackamas Town Center shooting: At least 2 shot dead, more injured by man with rifle
By The Oregonian
on December 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM, updated December 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Two people were killed and at least one other was shot at Clackamas Town Center by a man brandishing a semiautomatic rifle, according to police reports.
Emergency dispatchers received reports that a shooting may have occurred near Macy’s and that a man was seen with an AR-15 rifle near the mall’s food court around 3:29 p.m. The man also may be wearing body armor.
4:54 p.m.: Pedro Garcia, 24, of Happy Valley, said he was walking to Panera Bread Co. at the mall to get some sandwiches, “like any other day.’’
He was just outside the mall when he said he heard at least six shots. “But what caught my attention, I could smell the gunpowder,’’ Garcia said. “That’s what pretty much made me run. The gunpowder is what made me react.”
Soon, several police cars raced up to the mall doors. An officer holding a rifle yelled at him and others to “run, run, run!’’ A staff worker at Panera Bread Co. was standing by the front door, not letting people in or out, Garcia said.
Garcia said he ran to his car, where his wife was waiting for him.
“It’s pretty crazy stuff. You never expect anything to happen like this,’’ Garcia said. “I’m just shocked that we’re trending on Twitter because of this. It’s horrible.’’
4:51 p.m.: The Sunnyside Road off-ramp from Interstate 205 has been shut down while police SWAT teams search for a gunman who killed two people at the nearby Clackamas Town Center and left an additional half-dozen people injured.
Meanwhile, air traffic above the mall has been restricted while helicopter ambulances are preparing to land so they can ferry critical-care patients to trauma centers. A fleet of ambulances has gathered at the mall while medical teams are performing triage, evaluating the conditions of the shooting victims.
At the same time, the Town Center remains on lock-down status while SWAT teams are making systematic sweeps of the stores and corridors. The mall’s theaters have been evacuated and several TriMet buses have arrived to take witnesses away for orderly interviews.
The shooting rampage cut short the holiday atmosphere at the mall, instead spreading a pall of horror and shock.
According to preliminary reports, a man with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire near Macy’s around 3:29 p.m. The man, who may have been wearing body armor and camouflage clothing, also was seen near the mall’s food court.
John Canzano, sports columnist for The Oregonian, reported that as many as 60 shots were fired while he was shopping at the mall.
Canzano said he first noticed people “running out of the mall kind of crying and upset.” He stopped a person who said “somebody has an automatic weapon and is shooting.”
Crowds of shoppers were seen running from the mall. Others huddled together, crying, while trying to take cover. Some early reports indicated the man was carrying an AR-15 rifle, the semiautomatic, civilian version of the fully automatic, military M-16. Both rifles fire the same high-powered cartridge. It is not clear whether the shooting was the work of a single gunman or if others were involved.
One deputy reported that the rifle may have jammed and that a full magazine was found on the floor.
An unconfirmed report indicated that the gunman may have killed himself after the shooting.
Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies have not been able to confirm the reports. Names of the shooting victims are not yet available.
Police have not offered any motive or indicated that the gunman may have announced his intentions. Police agencies throughout the county are answering calls to the sheriff’s office while deputies are investigating at the mall.
4:41 p.m.: Isabel Valentine of West Linn was nearly finished with shopping when she heard shots as she was leaving The Body Shop store and heading toward the food court.
Valentine, 20, said she and three other customers were led by three employees out of the mall and into the sparking lot through a fire escape. She said it took about 20 minutes for her to reach her car, and she drove from the mall.
“The scene outside as I was leaving was just chaos,” she told The Oregonian. “Police were everywhere, people were crying and screaming, and we still don’t know exactly why this all happened.”
[More updated items on the same page. At last reports, I heard from a friend there that 60 shots were fired and the gunman was “neutralized.” I’m not sure what “neutralized” means in this case, but I’ll leave that alone. I guess “neutralized” in this case refers to his being dead but they aren’t sure whether he killed himself or “had help.” Tragic situation, regardless.]
Michelle Young – Dec 12, 2012
I found it intriguing that Pluto fell in the 8th house (mutual reception with Saturn) and Uranus rules the Midheaven in this chart.
Moon in the 6th house conjunct Mercury, but notice how the Moon is squaring 10th house Neptune within 1 minute! Whew! Mercury rules the Ascendant.
From what I see, this is a situation that doesn’t need more than this quick glance since I was mainly focused on Uranus and seeing whether this fit. The only other thing that struck me was Jupiter’s first house placement with a wide orb making it conjunct the Ascendant, indicating an expansion of events. Certainly that was the case as well when 60 rapidfire bullets sprayed the mall, sending people running in all directions.
It was a quick glance, interesting from that perspective. Now wait till you see the next Uranus story! It’s got a neat twist. 😉