[Content Note: Gun violence; terror.]
Last night, there was another incident of a masked gunman walking into a public space—this time, a mall at Christmastime—and opening fire. The shooting took place near Portland, OR, in Clackamas County at the Clackamas Town Center, leaving three people, including the shooter, dead and another person in serious condition. The shooter, whose name has not been released, was wearing a hockey mask and body armor, and used a semi-automatic weapon. He shouted "I am the shooter!" as he ran through Macy's, according to witnesses.
There is a local report here. CNN's coverage is here.
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I don't even know what to say anymore. Mass shootings. Alarming citywide violence, in multiple cities. There have been two murders this month in the small town in which I live, one a contracted hit carried out with a semi-automatic weapon. I don't know what's going on. I don't understand what it will take for this country to get serious about gun reform.
[H/Ts to Spudsy and Shaker WordSpinner.]