Oregon police seek motive in mall shooting
No apparent connection between victims, gunman
- Duration 7:14
- Date Dec 12, 2012
No apparent connection between victims, gunman
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You mentioned this right before the break this is -- audio recording.
-- the scanner activity that was taken place between.
A number different police officers while they shooting was taking place inside this enormous shopping mall just outside of Portland.
People inside the mall at the time.
Have a listen to -- -- Want to let that the little little -- that Google is so little people.
Don't like it yeah.
Well we'll get more that throughout the morning here and really captures.
And the emotions so many shoppers confuse you can imagine with the police are going through to keep everybody calm and get him out safety.
That malls closed today as you can imagine and they're looking for more evidence and we will hear from the sheriff.
And his department.
Yeah and I -- joining us right now as the under sheriff Matt Ellington from the -- county sheriff's department.
Sir welcome good to have you here boy what what -- what a 24 hours this has been for your department and for your community.
-- absolutely and thank you for having on this morning.
-- a little bit about this investigation so far and what we know you know the things that we've heard from eyewitnesses on the -- they had a hockey -- comedy carried a rifle.
That he said I am the shooter before he started firing.
What what do we know today that we didn't know last night.
Well first -- -- -- -- sailor thought spurs -- families of the victims.
As well but one surviving victim is currently at the hospital.
What we know today.
Is that we did have a lone gunman went into the clock counts on -- about 3:29 -- -- West Coast time.
We had officers on scene within a minute.
We received assistance from.
Local state and federal law enforcement agencies blow over hundred officers on scene.
I'm within 22 minute we had figured out that we had two deceased victims one still surviving.
And as well as the -- gunman who died of an apparent -- with a gunshot.
-- When do you expect to release the identity.
We expect to do that within the next.
Props like three hours.
We want to protect the integrity of the investigation at this point because it still is ongoing.
And aren't releasing the names of the victims.
We just want a lot of family to.
Time to notify the family members from what I can't tell you though is that we did recover rifle from the scene.
It's just as you know there -- reports that first story hockey now we did recover a map very similar to that.
And we also.
Although it's early in the investigation.
-- can tell you that we have no apparent connection between the victims.
-- this year.
Did she have any connection to this mall did he ever worked there.
At this point we don't have any information that would lead -- to.
-- believe that.
You know it in terms of of what you're looking at and this you know that the crime scene can you confirm that it was one rifle was he armed and any other way did -- have any other kinds of weapons on him.
We only recovered one rifle at the scene so at this point I do not have any indication that he had any other weapons with them.
There was a report that the rifle jammed to and that that might have been.
Goodness if there's any -- this story can you confirm not.
M I can't confirm that it it's speculation at this point it is entirely possible that that that that it happened.
So it if it did independent other people from.
Being victims you know we're certainly thank.
That it is -- that you can determining your investigation from that -- -- -- that from the weapon itself.
It is certainly entirely possible and what we have.
Time to -- from the canal the of the weapon and the evidence that were gathering from the scene.
Back we're still gathering from seeing right now.
And it obviously.
You know -- notifying family members is.
Part of the process.
I -- his family members been notified have you had contact with with anyone related to him who might shed light on what happened here.
We still have investigators working on that story.
The track down family members of the suspect.
-- what we're told that.
Members of the of the police department there have trained.
Inside this small for this kind of event.
Yes actually we have what we work with our local law enforcement partners from the city agencies as well state police.
I'm for this type of we've actually trained at that mall we we did earlier this year.
We've worked with small security on lockdown protocols.
And thankfully all of those were followed and we believe strongly that probably kept suspect from access -- more -- You know we watch this process play out in terms of the training -- people walking out with their hands.
Above their heads and and in the moments that you're not shore.
Who the actual shooter is how long did that process take for your folks on the ground there before they knew they had the guy and that there was only one guy.
Well as I mentioned before -- within 22 minutes we have located the Peter was the feet.
But that's one of the things that you know is difficult for us what we have been known as -- upward of 101000 people right now.
The -- that building trying to identify which was actually in the future.
-- -- watching video people you know walking through -- it looks as though you know obviously they're terrified but it looks as though it happened in in a fairly.
Orderly way you know -- as you look back at this and you think about the training that you did for this but what did you learn from from the actual event here.
Well you know -- today.
Go back later on this investigation is complete debrief it and you know find out you know what things what well think we can improve on.
I'm but I can't tell you that we're so thankful.
Bomb that was prepared for about like and that -- were trying and that we did train.
So just to confirm before -- let you go you expect to announce the identity of this person over the next couple of hours -- Yeah -- approximately about.
10 PM West Coast time early start 10 AM West Coast -- we and has been having a press conference where we will release the names.
Of the victims as well.
-- -- -- -- -- Our credit and thanks go to you for the work that your folks -- on the ground there.
And the last of those three lives including the shooter and we we hope all of us that the woman who -- -- serious condition at the hospital.
Is able to recover well from all of this thank you so much for being with us this morning and let's get back to work they -- -- hear that.