Three people died after a shooting Sunday night at the East Bend Safeway, police say.
Bend Police Department spokeswoman Sheila Miller said the incident began around 7 p.m. near the nearby Big Lots store before a person shot and killed an individual in the Safeway entrance.
She said the shooter was using an AR-15 type rifle and also had additional weapons.
The shooter then killed another person in the back of the grocery store and is now dead, Miller said. At a 10:30 p.m. news conference, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz did not identify the suspected shooter by name, but said it was a male.
“We know this is a scary thing for our community,” he said, adding that the police department was aware of reports on social media of a second shooting in Bend, but the service had no proof. “We ask our community to be patient.”
One person taken to St. Charles Bend was dead on arrival, and another is believed to be in good condition, according to Lisa Goodman, spokeswoman for the St. Charles Health System.
A witness, Molly Taroli, 40, was shopping for dinner with her husband in the frozen food aisle when the shooter entered the westernmost door of the grocery store and walked down the aisles “spraying beatings,” she said. Taroli pulled her own handgun from her purse and her husband ran out the front door to get his own gun.
Taroli said he heard a child scream. She threw her shopping cart in front of her and began to run towards the back of the store. Employees were shouting “go, go, go!” and lead shoppers through the storage room and out the back door.
Dozens of police from multiple law enforcement agencies and ambulances were at the scene on Sunday.
Bend police have urged residents to stay away from the mall.
A Safeway employee told the Bulletin that a person walked into the grocery store and opened fire with a gun, firing multiple shots.
Jake Daniels, another Safeway employee, said he heard three gunshots followed by six more. He said he saw a person running out of the store, chased by the police.
Daniels said after the first shots, he started grabbing people and running out of the store doors.
A dozen Safeway employees huddled in front of a nearby business in the Forum mall, clearly shaken.
Bend Police said in a tweet:
“There is an active investigation in the area of The Forum shopping centre. Please avoid the area. More updates to come as the investigation continues.