Bend, Oregon shooting: Police identify victims and suspected shooter in grocery store shooting that leaves 2 dead

Two people were killed in the shooting, police said. They have been identified as Glenn Edward Bennett, 84, who was shot outside the store, and Safeway employee Donald Ray Surrett Jr., 66, who fought the shooter.

“It was the Safeway employee who engaged with the shooter, i.e. he tried to disarm the shooter and attacked that person, and we believe he avoided other deaths in addition to the quick police response,” Miller said.

The shooter, identified by police as 20-year-old Ethan Blair Miller, was found dead at the scene. Police found an AR-15 type rifle and a shotgun near Miller’s body, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said.

The shooting took place shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday at a shopping mall, Krantz said. Police initially received information that there may have been more than one shooter, Miller said, but there is no evidence of a second shooter. There have been reports of at least two other people who also suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Miller said.

The motive for the attack remains unclear. But it follows a string of other grocery store shootings across the country over the past year and amid a general increase in “active shooter” incidents. according to an FBI report.
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last september, a gunman shot 15 people, including one fatally — at a Kroger in Collierville, Tennessee. Some people hidden in freezers to survive.

“I immediately turned to my kids and said, ‘Run! “”

Investigators believe the Oregon killer entered the Forum Mall from a nearby residential area and began firing an AR-15-style rifle into the parking lot, Krantz said.

The unidentified shooter then drove through the parking lot and into a Safeway grocery store, where he killed someone in the entrance, Krantz said.

Police believe the shooter continued to fire throughout the store, shooting and killing another person, the chief said.

Customers and employees said they were rushing for safety as the bullets flew.

Josh Caba said Affiliated with CNN KTVZ he and his four children were shopping in the store when the gunfire erupted.

“We started heading towards the front. Then we heard I don’t know how many gunshots from the front – six or seven. I immediately turned to my children and said, ‘Run! People were screaming…it was a horrible experience,” Caba told KTVZ.

Caba said he was worried about his wife, who stayed in the car because she wasn’t feeling well. But as he and three of his children fled through the exit doors near the fresh produce section, he discovered that his wife had gone to the back of the store and was “sitting in the car, saying “Get in the car! Get in the car! ‘” KTVZ reported.

The father was able to rush into the store and find their fourth child, he told KTVZ.

An employee who identified himself only as Robert told the Central Oregon Daily News that he and other employees were working a final shift in the deli when they heard loud gunfire.

“I and three other employees ran into a walk-in fridge and closed the door and stayed there and hid until authorities arrived,” he said.

In addition to the two killed victims, a third victim was hospitalized in good condition at St. Charles Medical Center, spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said.

“Stay away from the window”

Residents of central Oregon city were left stunned as their community was the site of the latest grocery store shooting

A woman who lives across from the Safeway said she initially thought the shots were engine backfire.

“I heard between five and eight shots. I thought it sounded like flashback,” Heather Thompson told the Central Oregon Daily News.

“Less than a minute later there were 10-20 shots and then another 10-20 shots. And at that point I came in and told my dad to get away from him. window. And people were running out of Safeway.”

When responding officers first entered the Safeway, they could still hear gunfire, the police chief said.

Krantz said it did not appear that officers fired any shots. He said police believe the shooter acted alone.

But he said the investigation was still ongoing and police were working to get warrants for homes in the area.

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