( 4UMF NEWS ) Mall Shooter Identified:
He said the death toll would have been higher had the shooter’s rifle not jammed.
Sheriff Roberts confirmed the shooter was wearing a mask but couldn’t say whether he had on body armor.
Kristina Shevchenko, whose age could not be confirmed was wounded. She was in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.
Roberts said that the number of law enforcement officers responding to the scene — at least 100 — helped reduce the number of casualties as well as the fact that the shooter’s gun jammed. None of the officers fired weapons.
Up to 10,000 holiday shoppers and store workers were in the mall when the first shots were heard, Roberts said. The mall is one of the biggest in the state, with 185 stores and a 20-screen movie theater.
As the shooting started many of the shoppers immediately took cover or hid in stores inside the mall while the gunman fired as many as 60 shots.
“It was chaos,” Roberts said.