Eerie similarities to the Aurora Colorado shooting as gunman opens fire in shopping mall inear Portland, Oregon.
A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at Macy’s in the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall near Portland, Oregon. Two people were killed before the gunman was “neutralized” said a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. One other person was wounded. More than 100 officers are on the scene. The shopping center is being evacuated. Police are searching to confirm there is no second shooter. Witness says the masked gunman was carrying a semi-automatic rifle and was wearing body armor.
A witness said the gunman ran through the mall shouting “I am the shooter, I am the shooter.” According to the Oregonian up to 60 shots were fired.
Any witnesses to the Town Center incident urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office:
Macy’s workers told AP the shooter was short, with dark hair, dressed in camouflage. with body armor, rifle and white mask.
SUSPECT NAME / DETAILS
We can now share the name of the suspect in this case: JACOB TYLER ROBERTS, born March 6, 1990.
A photo of the suspect is at left.
Based on evidence gathered thus far, it appears the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Additional information about Mr. Roberts:
• 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.
• We have not yet established how many shots Mr. Roberts fired during the attack, although we 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.
At this writing, investigators have not determined a motive — but it appears that there was no prior relationship between the suspect and his victims.
BASIC EVENT CHRONOLOGY
At 3:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, we received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting an active shooter at Clackamas Town Center.
Our first unit arrived on-scene 1 minute later, at 3:30 p.m.
Once on scene, deputies initiated an “active shooter protocol” – a technique developed to deal with precisely this type of threat. In this protocol, rather than waiting for a SWAT team to deploy, individual officers are trained to form up in teams as they arrive and move immediately to engage the threat. This involves officers from different agencies being thrown together on short notice. Law-enforcement personnel on-scene executed this protocol to the highest standard.
Personnel were well-prepared for this incident because they had practiced active-shooter techniques at Clackamas Town Center earlier this year.
At this writing, investigators believe the suspect moved through the mall in the following manner:
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.
We can now release the names of the two individuals killed in this attack. They are:
- 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. She is listed in serious condition at this writing.
STATEMENT FROM THE FORSYTH FAMILY:
“Steven Mathew Forsyth was a loving husband, father of two children, son, brother, uncle, youth sports coach and friend to the many people who had the privilege to meet him.
“Steve was one of the most passionate people with a true entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to start his business, Coastoms. He had a great sense of humor and a zest for life. He had vision and a belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives.
“He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
The family asks that the media respect their desire for privacy as they grieve their loss. They will not be granting any interviews.”
A photo of Steven Forsyth is at left.
STATEMENT FROM THE YUILLE FAMILY:
“Cindy was everybody’s friend. She was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first.
“The family has advised us they want time and space to grieve their loss and will not be giving interviews at this time.
“The family will make a statement at an unspecified later date through the Sheriff’s Office.”
A photo of Cindy Ann Yuille is at left.
As of 5:30 p.m., Pacific Time, December 11th, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is able to confirm that the suspect in the active shooter incident at Clackamas Town Center is deceased. At this point in the investigation, it appears that the suspect acted alone inside the mall.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is also able to confirm that two victims are deceased, and a third has been injured and was transported to a local trauma center where they are currently undergoing medical treatment.
Currently, members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and other local, state and federal law enforcement partners are conducting a thorough search of the mall. Witnesses to this incident are being interviewed at a command post established on mall property.
Once they have given their statement, witnesses are being allowed to depart the mall in their own vehicles or via public transportation. Witnesses in need of rides are being transported to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, located at 9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd. in Clackamas, to be picked up by friends or family.
WITNESSES SOUGHT: Any witnesses at or near the mall who have not been contacted by law enforcement are requested to report to the command post, located at the northeast corner of the mall property near the light rail parking garage. Witnesses who are no longer in the vicinity are requested to contact Clackamas County non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.
The mall will remain closed this evening. Additional details regarding this ongoing investigation will be released as appropriate. For official information, follow us on Twitter at @ClackCoSheriff. We will also use the Twitter hashtag #ClackamasShooting
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