Three people, including the suspected shooter, died following an attack Sunday night at a grocery store in Bend, Oregon, police said.
Officers were dispatched to the Safeway at the Forum mall shortly after 7 p.m. after receiving reports of gunshots, the Bend Police Department said in a statement.
Firing bullets from an AR-15-style rifle, the shooter allegedly began the attack in the store’s parking lot before moving inside, police said. One person was shot inside the entrance, police said. Doctors took the victim to hospital, but the person was pronounced dead, police said.
“Police believe the shooter continued to fire through the store, shooting and killing another person,” the department said.
Dexter Chamberlin said he was checking Safeway when he heard gunshots.
“We started running out the back emergency exit telling others to do the same,” he said. “We ran to a nearby apartment complex and hid behind a building with a dozen other people.”
It is not immediately clear how the suspected shooter, who was only identified as a male, died, but police said they did not open fire when responding.
Earlier, a spokesperson for St. Charles Bend Medical Center said the facility received a patient from the attack who was dead on arrival. Another patient would be fine.
Authorities later announced that three people, including the suspected gunman, had died in a Tweeter around 9:15 p.m. local time Sunday (12:15 a.m. ET Monday).
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday evening, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said police were working on a “very large crime scene” as part of the ongoing investigation into the ‘offensive.
He said police were doing everything they could to follow up on potential leads and were “aware of other information circulating on social media” about the alleged shooter. He also said police were aware of reports of other possible shootings in the city, but found no evidence of additional incidents.
“We know this is a scary thing for our community and something we would never want to happen in our city,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., offered his condolences to the families of the victims in a Tweeter Sunday night as he called on Americans to ‘come together’ to end gun violence in the United States
“My heart breaks for the families of the victims and the many people whose routine Sunday night shopping turned into a terrifying race for their lives in Bend,” Merkley said.
“It shouldn’t happen. It’s not normal in any other country,” he said. “Powerful assault rifles with high-capacity magazines, combined with personal grievances and often a culture of hate, create a toxic stew that leaves good people, innocent people dead, maimed and traumatized.”
“We must come together — Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural, black and white and brown, Asian American and Native American, including the many responsible gun owners — and end this madness,” said Merkley.
Gemma Di Casimirro, Christian Santana, Colin Sheley and Chantal Da Silva contributed.