As Oregon reeled from Tuesday's pre-Christmas shootings at the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said the body count in the rampage could have been higher.
Early Wednesday, Roberts told NBC's "Today" show that the as-yet-unidentified masked gunman had "a mission set forth to take the lives of people in that mall."
"A variety of things" helped reduce the loss of lives, he said, including the gunman's weapon jamming. The gunman shot and killed two people, seriously wounded a 15-year-old girl and then took his own life.
Authorities have identified the shooter but have not released his name to the public. The sheriff's office has set a news conference for 10 a.m. Pacific time. The sheriff's office also on Wednesday morning tweeted the number for the Disaster Distress Helpline for "those stressed in the wake" of the shootings.