Witnesses recount scene of chaos in mall shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One minute they were looking for gifts or assisting customers, the next they were witnessing an unfolding horror at the Clackamas Town Center, in suburban Portland, Oregon.

Macy's employee Austin Patty says a man carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest proclaimed, "I am the shooter" and then fired several shots seconds apart.

Patty says there were rapid-fire shots in short succession and then he ducked to the ground and ran. His co-worker Pam Moore told The Associated Press the gunman was short, with dark hair, dressed in camouflage.

Shaun Wik says he was shopping with his girlfriend and opened a fortune cookie at the food court. Inside was written "live for today, remember yesterday, think of tomorrow."

As he read, he heard three shots. He heard a man he believes was the gunman shout, "Get down!" but Wik and his girlfriend ran. He says "if I had looked back, I might not be standing here."

Another witness told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy's with her infant son when the shots started. First she grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground. People were screaming and crying. Then she says she put the baby back in the stroller "and ran like hell."

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297-a-12-(Lieutenant James Rhodes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"of the mall"-Lieutenant James Rhodes, with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, says authorities are going through the mall finding people who hid for safety. ((watch for dating)) (11 Dec 2012)

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295-a-09-(Lieutenant James Rhodes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"that were deceased"-Lieutenant James Rhodes, with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, says there are two people dead in addition to the shooter. ((watch for dating)) (11 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO ORGW101: Clackamas County sheriff's Lt. James Rhodes speaks to the media outside the scene of a multiple shooting at Clackamas Town Center Mall in Clackamas, Ore., Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012. A gunman is dead after opening fire in the Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing two people and wounding another, sheriff's deputies said. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens) (11 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO ORGW101: A family leaves the scene of a multiple shooting at Clackamas Town Center Mall in Clackamas, Ore., Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012. A gunman is dead after opening fire in the Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing two people and wounding another, sheriff's deputies said. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens) (11 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO GFX156: Map locates a shooting at a mall in Portland, Oregon. (11 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO ORPOR103: Law enforcement personnel work the scene of a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas, Ore. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. A gunman opened fire at the Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding an unknown number of others, sheriff's deputies said. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT (11 Dec 2012)

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