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Ore. Mall Shooter Used Stolen Rifle

December 12, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Clackamas County SO.
Photo courtesy of Clackamas County SO.

The 22-year-old shooter who killed two people in an Oregon shopping mall Tuesday evening didn't know his victims, authorities announced Wednesday.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office identified the shooter as Jacob Tyler Roberts. Wearing a hockey mask and load-bearing vest, Roberts opened fire at 3:29 p.m. near the food court of the Clackamas Town Center. Using an AR rifle he stole from an acquaintance, Roberts killed Steven Forsyth, 45, and Cindy Yuille, 54, according to a sheriff's release.

Following 911 calls, deputies arrived at the scene at 3:30 p.m. and immediately began implementing an active-shooter protocol rather than waiting for SWAT officers. Deputies had completed active-shooter training at the Clackamas Town Center earlier in the year.

Prior to the attack, Roberts parked his 1996 Volkswagen Jetta in the mall's south lot near Macy's. He moved through Macy's toward the food court, where he fatally shot Forsyth and Yuille.

He then moved east past the Macy's Home store into a service stairwell that led to the lower floor of the mall. Roberts continued east toward JC Penny's where he was found dead 22 minutes after beginning the attack.

At some point, Robert shot Kristina Shevchenko, a 15-year-old who escaped outside near REI and was given medical aid by a deputy.


Ore. Holiday Mall Shooter Kills 2, Turns Gun On Self

Comments (4)

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tucsonjohn @ 12/12/2012 4:47 PM

The older I grow, the less I understand why these cowards, bent on self-destruction, shoot innocent unarmed civilians often in "gun-free" zones like schools, theaters, and malls. If they want real excitement, then target guys like us: we're available, trained, and shoot back.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/12/2012 9:17 PM

And if the friend did not have an assault weapon then there would have been no shooting at all. So the problem is the assault weapon not the nuts using it. Ban these weapons they have no legal use. They are good for one thing only... to kill people and nothing more.

Kevin @ 12/14/2012 12:52 AM

Let's ban cars, then we won't have any more auto related deaths. Let's ban liquor, then we won't have alcohol related deaths and alcoholism. To the "intellectual" who posted above, I hope you get the sarcasm.

Nichole @ 12/18/2012 4:23 AM

@tucsonjohn - I honestly believe that the reason why the hopeless and distraught of yesteryear, who would rather just hang themselves in their basements rather than bother anyone else, have turned into the murderous cowards of today is due to our sensationalist media.

All of the media outlets plaster their faces everywhere, practically forcing us to recognize them, remember them. Then other people see this and think, "Well, I hate my life, but look, I could do one last thing and everyone would remember me, I'd finally be doing something worth attention."

It's sick, but I believe that's why these things are becoming more and more mainstream.

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