Three Dead in Clackamas Mall Shooting

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — [UPDATE 10:43 a.m. 12/12/2012] The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office have released more information on the shooting that took place on Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts. The Sheriff’s Office says it appeared Roberts died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities said Roberts used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which was stolen on Tuesday from a person Roberts knew.

Police said Roberts was wearing a “load-bearing” vest and not a bulletproof vest, as has been reported previously. Authorities report Roberts was also wearing a hockey-style face mask. It has still not been established how many shots have been fired.

At the press conference Wednesday morning, the Sheriff’s Office described the chronology of events that occurred during the shooting. The Sheriff’s Office said Roberts parked his vehicle in the mall’s south lot, near Macy’s. Roberts then moved through Macy’s towards the food court, where he then opened fire, fatally wounding two victims.

The Sheriff’s Office released the names of the two victims: 54-year-old Cindy Ann Yuille, a resident of northeast Portland, and 45-year-old Steven Mathew Forsyth, of West Linn.

After fatally wounding two victims, the Sheriff’s Office said Roberts is believed to have moved past the Macy’s Home Store and into a service stairwell. Moving down onto the lower floor of the mall, police say Roberts continued towards JC Penney’s, where he was found dead by responding law-enforcement personnel, 22 minutes after the first 911 call.

At some point during this shooting, the Sheriff’s Office said the suspect wounded his third victim, 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko, who remains at O.H.S.U. in serious condition.

Investigators do not know at this time what the suspect’s motive was, and it does not appear that Roberts knew any of the victims.

[UPDATE 7:00 a.m. 12/12/2012] Police say they tentatively identified the shooter, but have yet to publicly announce his identity. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office say’s the shooter was a man in his 20’s who apparently fired at random, killing two victims, before his gun jammed. He then took his own life. The other victim of the shooting, Kristina Shevchenko, 15,  remains at O.H.S.U., in serious, but stable condition.

The mall is closed Thursday. The Clackamas Town Center posted the following on their web site:  “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this unfortunate incident.  We are grateful to have the stellar support of all the law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel in the area, who immediately took action and continue to ensure the safety of everyone remaining at the property.  The mall will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12.”

[UPDATE 6:40 p.m.] The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says the adult male shooter died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

[UPDATE 5:41 p.m.] The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the shooter and two other people are dead. One other person was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. One hundred officers from multiple agencies are searching for people who are still inside the mall.

[UPDATE 5:17 p.m.] Police report that the suspected shooter at Clackamas Town Center has been “neutralized”. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon around 3:20 p.m.

Eyewitnesses say the suspect was armed with an automatic rifle and fired shots in the food court at the mall. Multiple sources from Twitter report that there are two people are dead and at least seven people injured.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is responding and has the mall locked down.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released this statement regarding the incident: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I appreciate the work of the first responders and their quick reaction to this tragic shooting. Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans is on the scene. I have directed State Police to make any and all necessary resources available to local law enforcement.”

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley issued this statement:  “I am shocked by today’s horrific and deeply disturbing events at Clackamas Town Center. To lose even one Oregonian to violence is heartbreaking. To have an ordinary December afternoon at the mall descend into a scene of murder and terror is absolutely devastating. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their loved ones, and all who have been affected by this terrible act of violence.”

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