Masked gunman terrorizes Oregon mall, killing two, then himself
Tonight in the Clackamas Town Mall near Portland we saw yet another mass killing by a suicidal gunman. He wore camouflage, a white mask and body armor. First read the news and then let me open my heart to you about this particular shooting.
A gunman who witnesses say was wearing camouflage and a white plastic mask opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Ore., killing two and wounding one other before killing himself, police said.
Authorities said in a press conference late Tuesday they have tentatively identified the gunman but would not release his name or give any information on a possible motive. Officials said a woman was also shot and was in serious condition at a Portland hospital.
“We have a young lady in the hospital fighting for her life right now,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said.
Clackamas County sheriff’s Lt. James Rhodes says law enforcement who flooded the Clackamas Town Center in response to the afternoon shooting didn’t fire any shots.
The mall released a statement after the shooting, saying it would be closed on Wednesday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this unfortunate incident,” the Clackamas Town Center said on its Facebook page. “We are grateful to have the stellar support of all the law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel in the area, who immediately took action and continue to ensure the safety of everyone remaining on property.”
Witnesses described a harrowing scene, as the gunman appeared to be dressed in body armor while firing off an estimated 60 shots from a semi-automatic rifle. One witness told KPTV that the gunman ran past her and her boyfriend and “had the look of death in his eyes.”
Another witness, Kira Rowland, told KGW-TV that she was shopping at Macy’s with her infant when the shots started.
“All of a sudden you hear two shots, which sounded like balloons popping,” Rowland told the station. “Everybody got on the ground. I grabbed the baby from the stroller and got on the ground.”
Rowland said she heard people screaming and crying.
“I put the baby back in the stroller and ran like hell,” Rowland said. “It was awful. It was shots after shots after shots like a massacre.
“It was just awful.”
Before I say anything to you about this mall massacre let me first say that we should be praying for the families that lost loved ones last night!
This is not just another news story for me. It is deeply disturbing because I have stayed right next to that Mall each time that I have come to preach in Portland in recent years. I cannot imagine a safer place. It is eerie now because I vividly remember thinking how safe that area seemed. Satan is saying something here: NOWHERE IS SAFE IN AMERICA.
Something horrendous has happened to America not just that violence can now breakout anywhere but that we have gotten used to it and we do not want to face the cause. Why is our national sanity is unraveling.
Our permissive society boasts of being open minded but the source of our violence is one subject we refuse to discuss. We talk around it but we will not talk to it. It is the brontosaurus in the room. We have taken God out out of everything and that dissolved the decency and the power in people to resist perverse desires.
Atheistic overkill is not just silly but bizarre. We are now the nation that orders six year old girls to take the word God out of their poems. I do not even think Stalin did that.
. Nativity Scenes are banned in major cities. For the first time in our history, the White House changes the name of the National Christmas Tree to “Holiday Tree.
More states legalized gay marriage and marijuana. However, the final straw may come soon in an attack that holds the potential to destroy far more than the Japanese destroyed in Hawaii. The Supreme Court announced today that it will rule on gay marriage. If marriage is redefined, you say goodbye to the America we all knew and loved.
What is going on and what can we do? The Church was once a firewall against immorality and political tyranny now we don’t even seem to be a speed bump.
The real force behind all of this is “OUR ANCIENT FOE” as Martin Luther called him. Satan hates American Exceptionalism because of our unmatched record of sending the Gospel to the world and for protecting Israel.
Satan’s agenda for the world requires the removal of the American firewall. No matter how you wish to spin it, this “New America” will not preach the Gospel to the World and she is already abandoning Israel. For Lucifer it is Mission accomplished.
The point is that we have suffered far more than a political loss; we have suffered a supernatural attack. Since it was a supernatural attack, it means God must bring us a supernatural counter attack.
I was in Clackamas just a few weeks ago. I was at Destiny Christian Fellowship with Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt . I wrote a blog about the revival I sense in the very area where this shooting occurred. Not only this but Joel just posted a testimony yesterday about a dramatic cancer healing that has now been confirmed from the meeting in November.
Jesus ordered us to see with spiritual eyes. I see that that battle lines are drawn and Satan is rampaging in the very places where revival is imminent. It is my prayer that you will be awakened to the war and take your position in the heavenlies now. There are no spectators. It is my prayer that the army of God in Portland will redouble their resolve to contend for revival.