3 dead, including gunman, at Safeway store in Bend, Ore. shooting, police say
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The Bend Police Department responded to a shooting at the Safeway store at the Forum Shopping Center in Bend, Ore., on Aug. 28, 2022.

The Bend Police Department responded to a shooting at the Safeway store at the Forum Shopping Center in Bend, Ore., on Aug. 28, 2022.

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A gunman entered a Safeway in Bend, Ore., on Sunday night, killing two people and sending terrified shoppers running, officials said. A third person who is believed to be the shooter was also found dead, the Bend Police Department said.

The police department received multiple calls at 7:04 p.m. about a shooting in the supermarket at the Forum Shopping Center in the small city (pop. 97,000) that’s 175 southeast of Portland. 

Police Chief Mike Krantz said at a news conference Sunday night that investigators believe the shooter accessed the shopping center from an adjacent residential neighborhood, crossing the parking lot and then entering the store. Krantz said the shooter was a male but didn’t didn’t name him. He also didn’t provide the names of the deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the gunman first entered the west entrance of the store and immediately shot someone who was later taken to a hospital and declared dead, Krantz said. The gunman continued to fire rounds, sending shoppers scrambling and killing a second person and injuring one person, police said. 

When officers arrived on scene, the gunman was still firing shots, said Krantz, adding that police didn’t fire any shots. 

Police later found the suspected shooter on the ground dead with an AR-15-style rifle and a shotgun “in close proximity,” Krantz said. 

The injured individual was brought to a local hospital and Lisa Goodman, a spokesperson for St. Charles Health System, told Oregon Live the person is in good condition.

“We know this is a frightening thing for our community,” Krantz said. “And something we would never want to happen in our city. We are following up on every lead. 

Krantz said a witness said there could be a second shooter at large, but the department hasn’t found any evidence of this. 

Police said the situation is under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11 a.m. on Aug. 29 with a correction. The original story reported that the suspected gunman was found in close proximity to an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun. Police confirmed it was an AR-15-style rife and a shotgun.

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