PORTLAND -- The Clackamas Town Center was scheduled to re-open Friday at 9 a.m. after the shooting that took three lives and sent terrified shoppers running for cover Tuesday afternoon.
Extra unspecified security procedures will be in place, mall general manager Dennis Curtis said before the opening.
Shoppers may fill out memorial books and 'memorial stars' throughout the weekend. Those remembrances will be preserved for future reflection. A vigil has been planned for 7 p.m. Friday at the mall entrance near Starbucks.
The mall, surrounding parking lots, and entry roads had been blocked off by police since Tuesday night. TriMet announced that service would resume Friday morning. TriMet: Service alerts
Merchants met at 10 a.m.Thursday in a meeting that opened with a prayer, a healing event, he said. Mall managers had been allowed to return the building at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Unfortunately, we plan for events like this, Curtis said. I don't think anything really prepares you for this.
Security officials made a sweep of the mall for items left behind by shoppers and all items have been tagged, he said. Items may be claimed at the mall offices.
The sign at the entrance of the mall says FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS - 12-11-12. Workers said reopening will be part of their healing process.
Hopefully people will still come back to the mall and not feel fearful, said Nikki Johnson, who works at Puzzle Lights inside the mall. Like everybody else, our hearts go out to everybody in this situation, but when it comes down to business, we would like to get the stores back open as soon as possible.
The Clackamas Town Center has 187 stores and restaurants. About 2,000 employees are at the mall during shopping hours.
The sheriff estimated that 10,000 people were inside when Jacob Roberts, 22, of Portland, opened fire. Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, of West Linn was killed in the shooting, along with Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, of Northeast Portland. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, also of Portland, was struck by several bullets, but survived.