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'Adrenaline junkie' uses stolen weapon in mall shooting

Investigation continues into motive for attack as friend says shooter €sˇÃ„Ã2a happy person€sˇÃ„ô


by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT  - Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Adam Phillips named Jacob Tyler Roberts as the suspected gunman in Tuesday's mall shooting. Cindy Yuille and Steve Forysth died at the scene; 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko was wounded and in serious condition Wednesday morning. Jacob Tyler Roberts, the 22-year-old Lents man identified as the Clackamas Town Center shooter who killed two people and wounded another person, liked shooting, sushi, “Goodfellas” and The Beatles.

So says his Facebook page, which on Wednesday morning gave a glimpse into his life as a typical — or not-so-typical — young adult.

Roberts posted photos of somebody at the shooting range, as well as another of a cigarette burning his earlobe.

“I’m the kind of person that is going to do what I want,” Roberts wrote in his Facebook bio. “There is no reason for another person to tell you what to do, I’m the conductor of my choo choo train.”

On Wednesday morning, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said Roberts apparently stole an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from a friend and used that weapon Tuesday at about 3:27 p.m. during a rampage that gunned down three people in the shopping center’s food court.

Click here to listen to the KPAM 860 broadcast of the sheriff's press conference.

Roberts then turned the weapon on himself minutes after law enforcement officers converged on the shopping center, dying in a mall stairwell from a self-inflicted wound.

Victims in the shooting were 45-year-old Steve Forsyth of West Linn, a father of two, and 54-year-old Cindy Ann Yuille of Northeast Portland, a Kaiser Permanente hospice nurse who has been with the hospital for 16 years. Her husband is also a hospice nurse.

“Cindy was a beloved caregiver for the kind and compassionate support she provided for patients and families at times of impending loss and need,” said Dave Northfield, Kaiser media relations manager. “Our hearts are with Cindy’s husband and family as they absorb this tragedy and grieve.”

by: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Mimi Tran tells friends that she 'heard gunshots right above me, so I ducked and all this glass started poring down the escalator, and we ran into American Eagle,' after leaving the Clackamas Town Center mall Tuesday night. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, of Portland also was wounded. She was in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.

The mall has been closed since Tuesday evening as law enforcement investigated the shooting. The mall’s owners, General Growth Properties of Chicago, said the shopping center would remain closed during the investigation.

At the same time, TriMet had rerouted 10 bus lines serving the mall, and stopped MAX trains short of the mall station while the investigation continued.

The shooting was the first non-gang-related attack at a local shopping mall in many years. Different law enforcement agencies in the region reacted to the Clackamas Town Center shooting with varying strategies. Portland police increased patrols around shopping malls and business districts with high amounts of retail stores and movie theaters in response to the incident.

According to police, the patrols will continue through the holiday season, although there is no information to suggest that a similar incident will occur in Portland.

Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the bureau made the decision on its own without waiting to receive requests from business owners.

“It’s never too late to be safe,” Simpson said.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Flowers were laid as a memorial outside Clackamas Town Center Wednesday.

‘Jake wasn’t a bad person’

On his Facebook page, Roberts also joked that he is an alcoholic and calls himself an adrenaline junkie as well as a “pretty funny person that takes sarcasm to the max.”

by: COURTESY OF CCSO - JACOB TYLER ROBERTSRoberts’ friend, Ashley Meyer of Milwaukie, posted Roberts’ Facebook profile picture as her own on Wednesday, with the message: “RIP Jake! 3-6-1990 - 12-11-2012.” Her comment reads: “Despite all that I’ve been thru, the one thing I know, is watching someone you love hurt so much, absolutely kills me. I would give the world to take your place and see you happy.”

Reached online Wednesday morning, Meyer told the Tribune that she had known Roberts since seventh grade, and was surprised by what happened.

“When we talked, Jake was a happy person, always very lively and ready to make someone smile,” she wrote to the Tribune. “I would have never seen this coming.”

Meyer said she hadn’t seen or spoken with Roberts in a couple of weeks, “But that was normal. We would check in every so often just to say ‘Hi, I’m OK, miss you.’ ”

Meyer said she had no idea what might have set Roberts off, and had no knowledge of his gun-use history. She expressed condolences for the families of the shooting victims.

“What I want,” she said, “is for who Jake really was to be known, instead of the monster he is being portrayed to be. Jake wasn’t a bad person. He must have had some heart strings pulled pretty bad for this to have happened. He truly was a loving, caring person.”

Kind of like a movie

by: COURTESY OF CCSO - STEVE FORSYTHTuesday’s attack in the middle of a busy afternoon sent an estimated 10,000 people scrambling for exits inside the two-level, 1.2 million-square-foot shopping center.

Deputies said that at about 4:45 p.m. the shooter’s body and weapon were found inside the shopping center. Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Adams Phillips said law enforcement officers did not fire any shots during the incident.

Sheriff’s deputies, who arrived within minutes of the first reports on the shooting, guided most people out of the mall. Some mall employees locked themselves in break rooms and other places inside the center’s more than 180 stores.

Ariel Lihs, a resident of Clackamas who works at the mall, said she heard shots, but thought at first that they were construction sounds. After seeing people flee Macy’s and Nordstrom in the northeast corner of the mall, she went directly to her fiance, Logan Young, who works at the mall’s Hannah Society.

“I got up and ran straight to Logan, and although we’ve been locked in for two hours, I’m glad I did, because we might not be together now,” she said.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office described the suspect's route through the mall.Sheriff Craig Roberts decried the violence and said, “these sorts of things are not supposed to happen.”

Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon, expressed her “deepest condolences to the entire community” and pointed to a 1994-2004 assault weapon ban that expired under President George W. Bush.

“It begs the question: If that hadn’t happened, would this tragedy have happened?” she asked.

One witness told reporters that the gunman apparently entered the mall through a side door near Macy’s on the south side of the mall near the center of the main building. The man, dressed in black and wearing a hockey mask, ran through the mall before shooting.

by: COURTESY OF CCSO - CINDY YUILLEMichael Heard, a stylist at Tony and Guy Hair Salon inside the mall, said he was styling a person’s hair when the shots started. People in the mall began to run when they heard the shots, Heard said.

“It was kind of like a movie,” Heard said. “People were grabbing their kids and running out.”

Don, a Portland man who didn’t want to give his last name, was outside the Nordstrom store when the shooting occurred, and said he heard 12 to 18 shots fired in the direction of the food court. He and his wife Phyllis were among the many shoppers quickly shepherded into the Nordstrom cafe for safety.

“Just moments after the shots rang out, they got people inside and closed the gates, almost immediately,” Don said.

Art Idelbong, an Oregon Air National Guard member, was in the magazine section of the Barnes & Noble bookstore when he heard “loud pops and saw a flash coming from the hallway.”

“I looked across at the girl who was studying and we both had a puzzled look when another loud pop came from the hallway,” Idelbong said. “We both got up and headed for the front entrance after gathering our bags and umbrellas. Employees and other customers all were grabbing their possessions and heading for the front door.”

Pamplin Media Group reporters Raymond Rendleman, Steve Law, Jim Redden, Jennifer Anderson and Kevin Harden contributed to this news story.