Clackamas County authorities are expected to release the identity this morning of a masked gunman who stormed into a Portland-area shopping mall, killing two people and seriously wounding another before shooting himself.
Meanwhile, a local hospital has released the name and condition of the lone survivor.
Mirabai Vogt, a spokeswoman for Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the shooting victim was in serious condition. Local media reported Wednesday morning that OHSU had identified the survivor as 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko. The teenager remained in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Holiday shoppers at the crowded Oregon mall had to scramble for cover about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man ran into the central court shouting, "I am the shooter" and opened fire, witnesses said.
Some managed to flee into the crowded, chaotic parking lot, while others hid inside the mall. Hours later, authorities were clearing the 185-store mall room by room. More than 10,000 shoppers were inside when the rampage began, authorities said.
The Clackamas Town Center, site of the shooting rampage, was to remain closed during the investigation.
At a Tuesday night news conference, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said, “The mall’s supposed to be a place where we can all take our families.
"These things aren’t supposed to happen."
A woman who said she was a family friend of the victim tweeted Tuesday night, "Kristina (15) is in stable condition. Going into ohsu surgery due to a shot in the upper right chest cavity. Please pray."
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