Three were left dead, including the gunman, after man entered a Safeway grocery store in Bend, Oregon, Sunday evening and fatally shot two people, authorities said. Later the suspect was found dead inside. Police said they responded to multiple 911 calls at the Forum Shopping Center in the central Oregon city at about 7:04 p.m. At a Sunday night news conference, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said the gunman came from a residential area behind the shopping center and moved through the parking lot shooting rounds from an AR-15 style rifle. The shooter then entered the Safeway and shot one person inside the entrance and continued firing inside the store, fatally shooting another person. Police found the suspected gunman deceased inside the Safeway. Krantz said police didn’t fire any shots. Krantz said police recovered an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun “in close proximity” to the shooter. Around 30 shots were heard in total during the shooting. Grocery goers recount stories of rushing their children and loved ones out the store while shots rang out. On self-publishing site WattPad, the shooter wrote a manifesto before the murders, using violent language and rambling about his plans. Users on social media indicated the gunman previously had worked at the Safeway’s outlet as a cart pusher and had attended local Mountain View high school in which he had reportedly earmarked for a mass shooting for September 8 before bringing his plans forward to the night of August 28th. Photos below were published online by the shooter with the manifesto.
Three people, including the alleged gunman, were killed and two Phoenix police officers were injured following a shooting in north Phoenix, Arizona Sunday night. Phoenix police say that the shooting happened near 26th Ave and Deer Valley after officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Days Inn around 8:45 p.m., just west of Interstate 17. Officers say the situation started when the suspect, wearing full tactical gear, including a vest and a helmet, walked out of a hotel and began firing his semi-automatic rifle randomly. At one point, investigators say, he tried to throw a Molotov cocktail at a business but it did not catch fire. As he continued shooting toward a nearby business, a man and a woman pulled into the parking lot and were shot and killed. When police arrived, the suspect reportedly opened fire on several marked patrol vehicles. Two officers were injured after one was struck by a bullet and another was hit by shrapnel. In an update Monday morning, the officer shot in the shoulder returned fired after getting out of his patrol car as the other officer worked to help render aid. Both officers were rushed to the hospital, one of whom was released early Monday morning. According to police, surveillance video showed the suspect walking through the parking lot before falling to the ground. He was later found dead. Authorities say three other men, who police called innocent bystanders, were also injured by the gunfire.
In Michigan, a gunman shot “at random” in Detroit, killing three people and injuring another over a period of about 2.5 hours on Sunday, police said. Police said the crime spree started with a call around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday when a 40-year-old woman was found shot multiple times in the area of Wyoming and Margareta. While officers investigated the scene, a witness walked up and told them about a second scene at 7 Mile and Wyoming. Police said a 28-year-old man was fatally shot at that location. At 6:50 a.m., at 19700 Livernois, a woman in her 40s was found shot multiple times, police said. At 7:10 a.m. in the area of 19200 Pennington, a man was shot after noticing the suspect looking inside cars. The victim confronted him and the suspect shot him once, according to investigators. DPD confirms that 4 people were shot. Three of the victims were killed. Police said this appears to be a random act. DPD believes there’s only one suspect with one weapon linked to these shootings, their search for the suspect continues.
Also on Sunday, in Texas a man wielding a shotgun allegedly killed three of his neighbors after setting fire early Sunday to multiple units at a Houston rental complex, including one he was recently evicted from, apparently to lure the victims into an ambush just after 1 a.m. Sunday in a southwest Houston neighborhood, police said, before the suspect was shot and killed by an officer. The suspect was recently informed he was being evicted from his room reportedly. Finner said a seven-year veteran of the Houston police force arrived at the scene after firefighters came under fire. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said an officer saw the armed suspect in a prone position in a parking lot across the street from the blaze, following the initial shooting, and fatally shot him. The landlord of the multi-unit rental complex where the fiery ambush occurred told ABC station KTRK in Houston that the suspect had lived in the complex since 2013, but did not pay rent. The landlord, who asked that his name not be published, confirmed the suspect was evicted and had turned in his keys on Saturday. Among the victims killed in the episode was the property manager of the rental complex, according to the landlord.