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'Freaking out. Bad.' Oregon shooting, as it happened

  • Establishing timeline of mall attack from survivors' tweets
  • 'In the mall hiding in the back room... #terrified'
  • Witness tweeted, 'One of the scariest things in my life. Could hear a machine gun going off'
The horror of the Clackamas mall shooting as seen in tweets

Sheriff: 'Heartbreaking tragedy’ in Oregon

At least three people were killed, including the suspected gunman, in a mall shooting in Oregon.

One of the most complete pictures of the horror of the Clackamas Town Center shootings Tuesday afternoon can be pieced together through social media.

Many of the estimated 10,000 people who were inside the mall at the time turned to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to document and alert others to the unfolding tragedy.

At least three people died in the attack, including the shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts, and a fourth victim remains hospitalized in serious condition.

As it happened, here is a look at the timeline of events constructed through tweets from survivors and matched up against official police reports.

Approximately 3:28 p.m. PST: Roberts begins opening fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, walking quickly through the mall in a hockey mask and load-bearing vest.

3:29 p.m. PST: Multiple 911 calls are received reporting an active shooting at the mall.

3:30 p.m. PST: First police units arrive at the scene.

3:35 p.m. PST:


3:44 p.m. PST:


3:44 p.m. PST:


3:46 p.m. PST:


4:07 p.m. PST:


4:21 p.m. PST:


4:25 p.m. PST:

4:40 p.m. PST: Police report finding a small group of people hiding in a storeroom.

Approximately 4:45 p.m. PST: The suspect's body and weapon are discovered by police.

5:28 p.m. PST:


5:32 p.m. PST:


5:35 p.m. PST:


5:53 p.m. PST:


5:57 p.m. PST:


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