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Witnesses Speak out about Oregon Mall Shooting

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A mall near Portland, Oregon remains closed Wednesday as investigators look for clues in Tuesday's shooting spree. Three people died, including the gunman, who apparently shot himself. A young woman remains hospitalized.

The main question is who was the shooter and what was the motive and were the victims targeted or random? As of Wednesday morning, there's no known connection between the gunman and the man and those shot at.

What we do know is the shots rang out about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. The shooter was seen jogging through the Macys and the shots rang out somewhere near the food court. He was wearing dark clothing and a mask, perhaps some kind of hockey mask.

As you can imagine, there was pandemonium inside the mall with 10,000 people inside. Many ducked for cover including the mall Santa. When it was all over, three people were dead, including the gunman who shot himself.

Here's how one witness described the scene: "Two shots were fired and everybody kinda just looked around, was confused, and then more shots were fired around five to seven, and everybody started to hit the ground and then I started to get on the ground, but then everybody, there were more shots then, so I threw my baby into the stroller and just started running because everybody was screaming and everybody just started to run, and then, I finally got out of the mall, and had I forgotten where I parked, so I was just standing out there, kinda just oblivious."

Several store employees locked themselves in break rooms and bathrooms until police could arrive.

Authorities tentatively identified the shooter, but they're not saying who he is. He's reportedly in his early 20s. They're not saying anything about the victims at this point.

The mall, meanwhile, will remain closed Wednesday during this very busy holiday season. There are still a bunch of cars in the parking lot. That's because, when this happened, a lot of people just kind of dropped their belongings, including car keys, we know at some point the mall is going to develop a system for people to come back and retrieve their belongings.

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