Gunman kills two and himself at Oregon grocery store

A gunman killed shot and killed two people at a grocery store in Bend, Oregon. Police say they found the gunman dead with an AR-15-style rifle.

Investigators are on the scene following a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 16, 2021. (photo credit: MICHELLE PEMBERTON-USA TODAY NETWORK VIA REUTERS)
Investigators are on the scene following a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 16, 2021.
(photo credit: MICHELLE PEMBERTON-USA TODAY NETWORK VIA REUTERS)

Police in Oregon were trying to determine on Monday what led a gunman to go on a shooting spree with an AR-15-style rifle hours earlier in a shopping center parking lot and then inside a grocery store, killing two people before he was found dead.

Authorities in Bend, Oregon, scheduled a news conference for 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday to discuss the shooting that unfolded a day earlier at the Forum Shopping Center, the city's police department said in a post on Twitter.

On Sunday at 7 p.m. local time, police responded to reports of an active shooter at the shopping center. A gunman had opened fire in the parking lot before he entered a Safeway grocery store, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said during a late-night news briefing.

Once inside, the suspect shot a person he immediately encountered. That person was taken to a hospital and later died, Krantz said.

"Officers responded and when they arrived they entered the Safeway immediately, still hearing shots."

Bend Police chief Mike Krantz
A man inspects a handgun inside of the Beretta booth during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, April 28, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON/FILE PHOTO)A man inspects a handgun inside of the Beretta booth during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, April 28, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON/FILE PHOTO)

"The shooter continued through Safeway firing rounds," he said, noting that another person was killed inside the store. "Officers responded and when they arrived they entered the Safeway immediately, still hearing shots."

Police officers found the shooter dead with an AR-15-style rifle nearby, he said, noting that police did not open fire.

One person was also injured in the shooting, but their condition was unknown, Krantz said.

He did not disclose the identities of the shooter or the victims.

The shooting in Bend, a community of 100,000 people 160 miles (258 km) southeast of Portland, comes after a string of mass shootings in the United States over the last several months.

Mass shootings in the United States over the last few months

On May 14, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Ten days later, a massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and two teachers dead.