Friday, July 25, 2014

Mall shooter suspect Jacob Roberts, 22A suburban Portland mall remains closed while crime scene experts detail the shooting that left three people dead and one wounded and sent Santa and thousands of shoppers running. Clackamas County sheriff's Sgt. Adam Phillips says the shooter was a man in his 20s who apparently fired at random before taking his own life at the Clackamas Town Center.  Police say there's no known connection between the gunman and the man and woman who were killed and the young woman who was wounded in a Portland-area mall. The victims are identified as Cindy Ann Yuille, age 54, a resident of northeast Portland and Steven Mathew Forsyth, age 45, of West Linn. The third victim -- Kristina Shevchenko, a juvenile -- survived the attack and is now being treated for her injuries at OHSU's trauma center.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said today a gunman who killed two people, wounded a young woman and then took his own life was targeting strangers. Roberts told ABC's "Good Morning America" that the man "was really trying to kill as many people as possible."  He has been identified as 22 -year-old JACOB TYLER ROBERTS.  Police say during this attack, the suspect was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The rifle was stolen yesterday from a person known to the suspect.  At the time of the attack, Roberts was wearing a load-bearing vest -- NOT a bulletproof vest, as has been reported.  He was also wearing a hockey-style face mask. Police have not yet established how many shots Mr. Roberts fired during the attack, although they believe he was carrying a large amount of ammunition.

After the Sheriff's Office identified Jacob Roberts as the suspect in this case, deputies executed search warrants on his home -- located at 7324 SE 84th Avenue in Portland, Oregon -- and on his vehicle, a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta found in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot. Results of these search warrants are not being revealed at this writing.  Investigators have not determined a motive -- but it appears that there was no prior relationship between the suspect and his victims.  

Prior to beginning his attack, the suspect parked his vehicle in the mall's south lot, near Macy's. He then moved north on foot through Macy's towards the food court. He then opened fire, fatally wounding two victims. Crime Scene Investigators also found indications of additional bullet strikes throughout the food court area.  Next, the suspect is believed to have moved east -- past the Macy's Home Store and into a service stairwell.  Moving down onto the lower floor of the mall, he continued east 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 attack, the suspect wounded his third victim, Kristina Shevchenko, a juvenile. Shevchenko managed to exit the mall near REI, where law-enforcement personnel contacted her and began rendering medical assistance.

 In response to yesterday's tragic shooting at Clackamas Town Center, Portland Police officers will be conducting extra patrols around movie theaters to help people feel reassured about their personal safety, officers will be providing extra patrol around Portland shopping malls and business districts with a high concentration of retail establishments.

These extra patrols will continue throughout the remainder of the holiday season.

At this time, there is no information to suggest a similar incident will occur in the City of Portland.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families impacted by this senseless act of violence," said Chief Mike Reese. "I was impressed with the quick, professional response by the many law enforcement agencies that arrived on a chaotic scene. Sheriff Craig Roberts and the deputies at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office are to a commended for their work throughout this challenging incident."

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