3 dead, including suspected shooter, in Oregon grocery store attack


Three people, including the suspected gunman, were killed Sunday night after an attack at a supermarket in Bend, Oregon, police said.

Officers were sent to the Safeway in the Forum Shopping Center in northeast Bend shortly after 7 p.m. after receiving reports of gunfire, Bend police said in a statement.

According to police, the alleged gunman fired an AR-15-style rifle and started the attack in the store’s parking lot before going inside. One person was shot dead at the entrance, police said. Doctors took the victim to a hospital, but the person was pronounced dead, police said.

“Police believe the gunman continued shooting through the store, shooting and killing another person,” the department said.

It was not immediately clear how the suspected gunman, who was identified only as a man, died, but police said they did not open fire during their response.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the St. Charles Bend Medical Center said the facility had received one patient from the attack who was dead on arrival. Another patient would be in good condition.

Authorities later announced that three people, including the suspected gunman, had died in a… tweet around 9:15 PM local time Sunday (12:15 PM ET Monday).

Dexter Chamberlin said he was checking out the Safeway when he heard gunshots.

“We started running out of the back fire exit and telling other people to do the same,” he said. “We ran to a nearby apartment complex and hid behind a building with a dozen other people.”

Chamberlin said he was waiting for a message from police about when he would be able to retrieve his vehicle from the store’s parking lot.

At a news conference Sunday night, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said police were working on a “very large crime scene” in the ongoing investigation into the attack.

He said police were doing everything they could to follow up on potential leads and that they were “aware of other information circulating on social media” about the suspected gunman. He also said police were aware of reports of other possible shootings in the city, but had found no evidence of additional incidents.

“We know this is a scary thing for our community and something that 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… tweet late Sunday when he called on Americans to “come together” to end gun violence in the US

“My heart breaks for the families of the victims and the many people whose Sunday night grocery shopping in Bend turned into a terrifying run for their lives,” Merkley said.

“This doesn’t have to happen. It’s not normal in any other country,” he said. “High-power assault rifles with high-capacity magazines, combined with personal grievances and often a culture of hatred, create a poisonous stew that leaves good people, innocent people dead, maimed and traumatized.”

“We need to come together — Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural, black and white and brown and Asian-American and Native American, and including the many responsible gun owners — and end this madness,” Merkley said.

Gemma DiCasimirro, Cristian Santana, Colin Sheeley and Chantal Da Silva contributed.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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