Three dead in shooting at The Forum shopping center in Bend

Bend Police confirm three people were killed, including the suspect, after someone opened fire at the Forum mall store on Sunday night.

BEND, Oregon — Three people are dead after a suspect opened fire at a mall in Bend.

According to Bend police, around 7 p.m. Sunday night, someone began shooting with an assault rifle in the parking lot of the Forum mall. This is off Highway 20 near NE 27th Street.

A Bend police spokesman said the shooting started near the Costco and Big Lots stores, then the gunman went into Safeway, according to KTVZ.

Bend Police say the suspect shot someone outside the grocery store and then continued shooting through the store, killing another person in the back of the store.

A third person was found dead in the store, which police believe is the shooter.

According to KTVZ, an AR-15 assault weapon was seized at the scene.

Initial reports indicate that Bend police officers did not fire any shots at the scene.

It is unclear how many others were injured.

A spokeswoman for St. Charles Hospital told KTVZ that they received two patients just before 8:30 p.m. One was dead on arrival, the second patient is said to be in good condition.

The hospital was locked out.

The police spokeswoman said a “shelter” warning was still in effect in the area “as a precaution”.

Police scheduled a media briefing at police headquarters at around 10:30 p.m. which they said would be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube page.

Safeway shopper Josh Caba spoke to KTVZ about the terrifying shopping experience.

The Bend resident said his wife stayed in the car as she was unwell while he went shopping with their four children.

“About 10 minutes later we went to the front. Then we heard, I don’t know how many shots up front – six or seven. I immediately turned to my children and said, ‘Run!’ People screamed. … it was a horrible experience.”

Concerned for his wife, it turned out, “by the grace and care of God,” as he and three of their children burst through the large black exit doors at the produce department, his wife had spun around in the back and “is sitting in the car and saying, ‘Get up into the car! Get in the car!’”

This is an evolving story, check back for updates.

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