12/12/12 140 W, 1 I - + 4 - 2 Oregon Mall Shooting Media

Aerial images of yesterday's mall shoot in Portland, OR, are appearing around the 'net. You can see some of the units that were on scene, and they were staged/parked. Search via Google or just look on local news sites. Would be an interesting run card to see. Looks like three or four engine companies and at least a half-dozen ambulances were on the run card.

Harder to find is this photo gallery from Thomas Boyd at the Oregonian. It's the outside-the-mall perspective of bystanders and responders. Based on the twilight, looks like they were taken some hours afterward. The gunman started shooting around 3:30 p.m. The responders were probably there for hours. Maybe our readers can advise how long a store-by-store search would take in such situation. Probably an hour? Longer?

Associated Press photo

Much longer than an hour to clear a mall – they were probably at it overnight. What I learned at the Apex target shooting is that the LEOs take clearing an area like that VERY seriously, and for good reason. At Apex they didn’t find more bad guys, but they found citizens hidden in all SORTS of locations – and it’s a matter of professional pride not to have someone “appear” behind you. Kind of like showing up at the jail with a prisoner and having a corrections officer find a knife on somebody you said you searched. Back in the day they would post your name with a photo of what you missed, and it could stay up for a month!

The Clackamas County Fire District #1 (shown with AMR ambulances here) is a very professional outfit – and they had done active shooter training at the Town Center within the last 8 months. Not many victims to triage and treat, but they were prepared!
Skip K - 12/12/12 - 22:02

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