Clackamas gunman aimed, fired at kiosk worker, missed

Clackamas gunman aimed, fired at kiosk worker, missed

Clackamas gunman aimed, fired at kiosk worker, missed

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by Mike Benner, KGW Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

PORTLAND -- Alina Pavlenko was beginning her third week of work at Clackamas Town Center when a man carrying a semi-automatic rifle approached.

"He had the mask on, walking really slowly," she told KGW.

The 16-year-old said all the gunman cared about was wasting his bullets in every direction.

"He wasn't shooting into targets," she added. "Then he shoots the woman across from him and she falls."

According to Pavlenko, the shooter then zeroed in on her.

"I think I'm the only one in his sights," she said. "He aims at me and shoots at me and misses."

Pavlenko said the gunman missed her by mere inches. With no other options she hit the floor.

"He drops part of his gun and slowly bends over, picks it back up, loads it again and starts shooting."

The teenager took it upon herself to run for the nearest exit and safety, but the past two days have been anything but safe.

"I can't sleep. I have weird dreams," she said. "I wake up my sister and ask her to wake up cause I can't sleep."

The horror that Pavlenko witnessed will not allow her to return to work. It is simply too much to bare for a girl who is only 16 years old.

"To me it feels like God is the reason I'm still alive," said Pavlenko. "It could've been me who is dead."

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