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Shooter opens fire in Oregon mall, kills two people

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A gunman opened fire at an Oregon shopping center Sunday night, killing two people.

The gunman, who was also found dead, opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle outside a Safeway supermarket in The Forum shopping center in Bend around 7 p.m., according to police.

Police received multiple 911 calls from an active gunman near the store beginning at 7:04 p.m., Bend Police Department spokesman Sheila Miller said. press conference.

The gunman, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, first fired shots at a Big Lots store in the mall before entering the Safeway near the west entrance, she said.

A victim was shot and killed in the lobby of the supermarket. The second person was fatally shot in the back of the store.

No one was believed to have been injured in the Big Lots.

Police arrived within minutes of the initial 911 calls and found the person they believe was the shooter dead at the scene.

When the police arrived, the shooting had already stopped.
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Bend police were the first on the scene and, according to preliminary information, did not fire any shots. The gunman may have been armed with additional weapons in addition to the rifle, she added.

Witnesses said they heard multiple shots. Dozens of officers from local, state and federal agencies responded to the shooting. Bend police ordered residents to stay away from the mall during the investigation.

A Safeway shopper, Molly Taroli, 40, described the chaos in the store.

She said the bulletin that the gunman combed down every aisle and “sprayed” bullets while employees said “go, go, go!” shouted. to customers they led through a pantry and out the back door.

Taroli said she had drawn her own gun and that her husband, who was shopping with her, ran out the front door to get his gun.

It is not clear whether the shooter was killed by another person or by a self-inflicted gunshot.

Police are continuing the investigation into the shooting and have not released any details about the suspected shooter or the victims.

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