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Gunman 'Tentatively' Identified in Oregon Mall Shooting

Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A masked gunman who opened fire Tuesday in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two individuals and seriously injuring a third before killing himself, has been "tentatively" identified by police, though they have not yet released his name.

The shooter, wearing a white hockey mask, black clothing and a bullet proof vest, tore through the mall around 3:30 p.m., entering through a Macy's store and proceeding to the food court and public areas spraying bullets, according to witness reports.


Police have not released the names of the deceased.  Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes said authorities are in the process of notifying victims' families.

The injured victim, identified by hospital officials as Kristina Shevchenko, has been taken to a hospital, according to Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

Nadia Telguz, who said she was a friend of Shevchenko, told ABC News affiliate KATU-TV in Portland that the woman was expected to recover.

"My friend's sister got shot," Teleguz told KATU.  "She's on her way to (Oregon Health and Science University hospital).  They're saying she got shot in her side and so it's not life-threatening, so she'll be OK."

Witnesses from the shooting rampage said that a young man who appeared to be a teenager ran through the upper level of Macy's to the mall food court, firing multiple shots, one right after the other, with what is believed to be a black, semi-automatic rifle.

More than 10,000 shoppers were at the mall during the day, police said.  Roberts said that officers responded to the scene of the shooting within minutes, and four SWAT teams swept the 1.4 million-square-foot building searching for the shooter.  He was eventually found dead -- an apparent suicide.

"I can confirm the shooter is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," Rhodes said.  "By all accounts there were no rounds fired by law enforcement today in the mall."

Roberts said more than 100 law enforcement officers responded to the shooting, and at least four local agencies were working on the investigation, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which is working to trace the shooter's weapon.

"For all of us, the mall is supposed to be a place where we can take our families, especially during the holiday season," Roberts said.  "Things like this are not supposed to happen."

Roberts also said that shoppers, including two emergency room nurses and one physician who happened to be at the mall, provided medical assistance to victims who had been shot.  Other shoppers helped escort individuals out of the mall and out of harm's way, he said.

"There were a huge amount of people running in different directions, and it was chaos for a lot of citizens, but true heroes were stepping up in this time of high stress," Roberts said.  "E.R. nurses on the scene were providing medical care to those injured, a physician on the scene was helping provide care to the wounded."

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Cops Look for Gunman Randomly Firing at People on Michigan's I-96

ABC News(DETROIT) -- Police in Michigan are frantically searching for a shooter who has been randomly firing at people in their cars on a stretch of highway near Detroit.

On Saturday afternoon, a baseball fan driving along the interstate 96 corridor en route to a World Series game in Detroit was shot in his left hip.  
Emily Roll, a gas station employee who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting, said that at first, the victim came limping into a gas station looking for help.

"First he said to call the cops," she said.  "I thought he got robbed, but then he said I just got shot off the highway."

Only 30 minutes earlier and a mile away, another car on the interstate was hit with a bullet entering through the back window and slicing through the car.  That driver was not injured.

"If somebody would have been sitting in the rear seat of the first vehicle, they'd have been hit," Livingston County Sherriff Bob Bezotte said.

Since mid-October, 24 vehicles have been hit by bullets along a stretch of I-96.  Until Saturday, no one had been hurt, but authorities fear there's a serial shooter out there with deadly intentions.

Former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said the seeming randomness of the shooting is perilous.

"We don't know why, but the big concern is he is anonymously shooting at cars and eventually someone is going to get killed.  It is a very dangerous situation," Garrett said.

A federal and state task force has been formed to catch the shooter, and police have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

"Somebody knows this individual is out there doing this," Bezotte said.  "And we encourage them to call us so we can put him in jail where he needs to be before somebody actually gets killed."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI and Crime Stoppers are offering $102,000 for information leading to an arrest of the suspect. 

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Minneapolis Shooter Spared Some, Shot Others; Fifth Victim Dies

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The man who shot up a Minneapolis sign-making business selected his targets carefully, walking past some employees while shooting others, police said Friday.

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan Friday detailed Andrew Engeldinger's shooting rampage as a fifth victim died from wounds. Engeldinger shot himself in the head, bringing the total of Thursday's carnage to six.

Engeldinger, 36, shot up Accent Signage Systems Thursday afternoon just hours after he was fired from the company.

"It was a case he was terminated that day. He did come back about 4:25 to that location, parked his car and walked in the loading dock area and immediately started shooting people at that location," Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said during a news conference Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The chief said Engeldinger did not fire indiscriminately at people, but picked out his targets.

"It's clear he did walk by some people, he did walk by people to get to certain other members of the business," Dolan said.

The chief said Engeldinger used a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol he had owned for about a year. Police who searched Engeldinger's home early Friday found another gun, Dolan said. He said that Engeldinger had purchased the guns a year ago and had been practicing shooting them. They found packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the house, he said.

"He's obviously been practicing in how to use that gun," Dolan said.

The bodies of the four victims were found shortly after police arrived at the scene while evacuating other employees, according to a police statement.

Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kristine Arneson said Engeldinger died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The company's owner, Reuven Rahamim, was killed in the shooting as well as United Parcel Service driver Keith Basinski. The other three victims' names were not released.

Two people also injured in Thursday's shooting remained at Hennepin County Medical Center Friday. One was in serious condition and the other remained critical.

Barbara Haynes was driving home from her teaching job when she got stuck in traffic near the scene.

"I've never seen that many police vehicles on the scene and SWAT teams, uniforms, the guns ... pretty heavy artillery," Haynes told ABC News.

Marques Jones, 18, of Minneapolis, said he was outside a building down the street having his high school senior pictures taken when he and his photographer heard gunfire that sounded close.

"We heard about four to five gunshots," Jones said. "We were shocked at what happened and we just looked at each other. We all just took off running to our vehicles."

Accent Signage Systems' website says the company makes interior signage and listed its founder as Rahamim.

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Shooter Among 'Several' Dead at Minneapolis Company, Police Say

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A deadly shooting at a sign company late Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minn., left several people dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials say.

Authorities say the shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. at Accent Signage Systems in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV reports.

The shooter, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside the building, police say, but they wouldn't give any other details about the gunman.

Police also refused to provide specifics about how many victims were killed in Thursday's shooting.  At an evening news conference, according to KSTP,  Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson would only say, "We do have several victims inside that are dead."

KSTP also reports three people were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with gunshot wounds and are listed in critical condition.

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Tuscaloosa Shooter Who Injured 17 Turns Self In

Tuscaloosa Police Department(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- A man who injured 17 people at a Tuscaloosa bar with a military style assault weapon turned himself in at a FedEx store and peacefully surrendered to police.

"He walked in and he made eye contact and he said, 'Yep that's me. I'm the one that shot the people in Tuscaloosa by the university,'" said Ken, the employee at the FedEx store in Jasper who approached who he thought was a customer and asked if he needed help.

Ken, who was only identified by his first name in an interview with ABC News' Alabama affiliate WBMA, said he "tried to keep the gentleman calm" while he called police.

The suspect, who has not been named, surrendered without incident, according to the station.

His name has not yet been released, as he has not been charged with a crime.

The shooting broke out at 12:30 a.m. today at the Copper Top bar, a crowded hangout popular for college students.

A man armed with a military style assault weapon fired through the window of the bar early today and then shot at patrons as they rushed outside to escape the gunfire.

Police said 17 people were injured, but remarkably, no one was killed.

"We believe that it was not a random act. There were people on the sidewalk where he stood for several minutes before firing," Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said at a news conference today.

"We believe from what we've seen in the video that there was a target inside the bar," the police chief said.

One on the wounded individuals is in very critical condition, while three are in critical condition, Anderson said.

Anderson said the gunman walked up a hill on 23rd Street to the bar, fired through the bar window and then shot at people as they fled the bar. After the shooting, the suspect walked back down the hill.

Surveillance footage of the exterior of the bar shows a man walking away with what appears to be a gun in his hand. Police are now working with federal officials to have the video of the gunman enhanced.

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting at the Copper Top Bar is related to a separate shooting at the Indian Lakes Subdivision in Northport, Ala., about 45 minutes earlier.

"Right now we are exploring that possibility," Anderson said. "We have not made a solid connection to that shooting."

That incident, which occurred at 11:47 p.m. involved two people who were attacked by a shooter in their home. One person was wounded in that shooting. Those inside the bar at the time of the incident told ABC 33/40 that it sounded like fireworks were going off, while a man who was shot said he quickly realized it was someone on the outside firing into the bar.

The 17 victims were being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center, hospital spokesman Brad Fisher said. Four have been admitted to the hospital.

After the shooting, police canvassed the area on foot and had a helicopter aloft to see if there was anyone wounded who had been missed. Investigators also collected shell casings for forensic analysis, Anderson said.

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Police On Alert After Man Points Gun at Children Boarding School Bus

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Roughly 150 police officers in an Atlanta suburb are on full alert after witnesses say they saw a man pointing a rifle at school children boarding buses on Monday.

Clayton County School spokesman David Waller says the incident occurred around 7 a.m. when two neighbors saw a man lying on the ground next to a bus stop, wearing a ski mask and holding a rifle.

"The suspect raised the rifle to his shoulder as if he were preparing to shoot, and one of the men yelled out at him," Waller said. "While one man yelled and called police, the other man ran after him."

That's when the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired at the man running toward him.

"He stopped, and the suspect dropped his rifle and took off," Waller said.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the loaded rifle along with a notebook filled with numbers.

Waller believes the groups of numbers in the notebook coincide with school buses that move through the area.

"It is a worry," said Waller. "We certainly don't want anybody to panic. But when somebody points a loaded rifle at a school bus, it's always a cause for great concern."

Police are now riding school buses and guarding each stop.

Clayton County Police Officer Phong Nguyen says the suspect has been described as between 18 and 25 years of age.

"We don't know who the subject is right now, so we don't know motives and intentions," Nguyen said. "A witness stated that's what he saw and that's what we're going by."

Police are currently canvassing the neighborhood and escorting school buses. They will continue to do so until the end of the day on Friday, which also happens to be the end of the school year.

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Afghan Killing Suspect Meets With Lawyer for First Time

United States Army(WASHINGTON) -- Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, during a nighttime rampage, is meeting with his lawyers for the first time Monday.

Bales has yet to be charged, although charges could be filed as early as Monday.

According to military law expert Eugene Fidell, Bales will likely face either life in prison with possibility of parole or the death penalty, a punishment the military hasn't carried out since 1961.

In capital cases, deposition testimony is not allowed, Fidell told ABC News. This means if there are Afghan witnesses to the massacre, they must travel to the U.S. to testify in person. And since they cannot be forced to testify some witnesses may decide not to make the trip because they do not trust the U.S. military.

Bales, a 38-year-old father of two, is being represented by John Henry Browne, a Seattle attorney whose clients have included serial killer Ted Bundy and Colton Harris-Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit." Browne, who said he has taken on only three or four military cases, will have a team that includes at least one military lawyer.

Bales is being held in an isolated cell at Fort Leavenworth's military prison in Kansas.

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Pentagon Shooter Pleads Guilty

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An ex-Marine who caused a terror scare at the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery last summer pled guilty Thursday to firing shots at military buildings in the Washington, D.C. area.

Yonathan Melaku, then 22, was arrested on June 17, 2011 after he was seen in Arlington National Cemetery at night with a backpack. The backpack allegedly contained a package labeled ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer than can be used in explosives, spent firearm ammunition and a notebook referencing the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

After his arrest, FBI agents searched his Virginia home and found a list of bombmaking components as well as a video of Melaku shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he fired his gun at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in October 2010. The shots did $90,000 worth of damage to the museum windows.

On the video Melaku states, "That's a military building and that's the building I'm going to be targeting....Last time I hit them, they turned off the lights for like...four or five days....Punks! Now, here we go again. This time, I'm gonna turn it off permanently. Alright. Alright, next time I turn on this video, I'm gonna be shooting them. That's what they get....That's the target. That's the military building that's going to, gonna get attacked."

According to an FBI affidavit, the items on the alleged bombmaking list were "consistent with the requirements for a time power unit and firing mechanism of an improvised explosive device (IED). Those items, combined with Ammonium Nitrate, would in fact make up several significant components required for the manufacture of an IED."

Agents also conducted a review of Melaku's computer and found "numerous documents concerning bomb-making and explosives," according to the affidavit in the case.

Melaku pled guilty to firing at the Pentagon, the museum and two military recruiting centers and agreed to a 25-year sentence.

Melaku, an Ethiopian native, is a naturalized U.S. citizen and joined the U.S. Marine Reserves in 2007 where he has risen to the rank of lance corporal in the Combat Engineer Support Company, according to the FBI. He has never been deployed abroad, but was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.

The military shootings began Oct. 17, 2010, at the Marine Corps Museum, when someone fired at least 10 bullets at the building. Two days later, six or seven shots were fired at the Pentagon, and bullets became embedded in the building's blast-proof windows. On Oct. 26, shots were fired at a Marine Corps recruiting center in Chantilly, Va.

The shooter struck a second time at the Marine Corps museum on Oct. 29, then hit a Coast Guard recruiting station in early November.

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White House Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Oscar Ortega-Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in what prosecutors charge was an attempt to assassinate President Obama.

According to investigators, the 21-year-old Idaho man got out of his car about a half-mile away from the White House and fired several rounds from a rifle before driving off and then fleeing on foot.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested a few days later in Pennsylvania.  Last week, he was indicted on 17 criminal counts.

No one was hurt in the shooting, although bullets were found embedded in the White House.  The president happened to be in San Diego at the time of the incident.  His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters were not home either.

No date was scheduled for Ortega-Hernandez's next hearing.  Prosecutors contend that he's dangerous and had been planning the shooting for months, reportedly spending time before the incident at an Occupy DC encampment.

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Alleged Virginia Tech Shooter Identified

Virginia State Police(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- Police have identified Ross Truett Ashley as the alleged gunman who fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer before killing himself about 30 minutes later.

There is no known connection between the officer, who was ambushed on campus Thursday, and Ashley, 22, of Partlow, Va., police said Friday.

But there is evidence that the shooter went to some lengths to assassinate Officer Deriek Crouse. Ashley stole a white 2011 Mercedes SUV from a real estate office in the city of Radford Wednesday, according to Radford City Police. The Mercedes was stolen at gunpoint at about 11:25 a.m.

The SUV was located the next day, Thursday, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Officer Crouse later stopped a car and was seated inside his unmarked patrol car when Ashley fatally shot him, police allege. Ashley escaped on foot and changed out of his wool cap and pullover top, police said.

At least part of the deadly encounter that rattled the campus Thursday was captured on Crouse's dash-cam and since the Virginia Tech officers are also "miked," so there was likely audio of the encounter.

"We know who this person is," Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police said at a news conference Friday morning.

Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the ambush.

"At this time we have made no connection that the shooter and Officer Crouse knew each other at the time of the shooting," Geller said.

She also said, "We are very confident that he was the only individual involved in this."

Determining a motive for the ambush, Geller said, is "the fundamental part of the investigation right now."

Crouse, who was ambushed as he sat in his police car, was not able to return fire, Geller said. He died at the scene.

The gunman was spotted later by an officer acting suspiciously in a campus garage, but by the time the officer reached the suspect he was dead.

"We found him laying on the ground and he had suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the handgun was found nearby," Geller said.

The shooting came almost five years after the deadly massacre at the Blacksburg, Va., school, when Seung Hui-Cho killed 32 other people before killing himself.

A candlelight vigil also took place Friday on Drillfield. An impromptu vigil was held Thursday night.

Fall term final exams that were originally scheduled to begin Friday will start Saturday instead, school officials said.

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