Rick Bella
December 13, 2012

Six months before a lone gunman burst into Clackamas Town Center Tuesday, firing dozens of rounds into the crowds of shoppers, police and mall employees trained together for just such an emergency.

On Wednesday, police and mall employees credited that training, along with quick thinking and brave actions by some of the estimated 10,000 people at the mall, for saving lives. “To be familiar with all the back hallways and stairwells in advance really was helpful,” said Clackamas County sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Layng, who coordinated Tuesday’s massive law enforcement response.

They also credited a little luck, a short interval when the shooter’s gun temporarily jammed.

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