As I shopped in an area thrift store, the music stopped, and I heard my friend Dave's voice...he is on KEX in the afternoon, and he and his on air partner announced that there had been a shooting at a nearby mall. It was the mall where my son used to work, and lives about a block from. Many of his friends work there, including one of his roommates. As I frantically started texting, trying to reach my son, he sent me a text that he was fine, as was his roommate. However, 2 were dead, as was the shooter.
I cannot imagine the sadness of those families of the fallen and injured, and also those that were holiday shopping and witnessed and lived through it. My prayers go out to all involved, and hope that they find some solace in knowing that all of Portland is reeling from this...and even to the family of the shooter (as he must have one)...my prayers are with you all tonight.