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2 Killed in Clackamas, Oregon Mall

A man walked into a Portland, Oregon-area mall and opened fire, killing two people before taking his own life.

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Jacob Tyler Roberts is the suspect in Clackamas Town Center shootingPORTLAND, Oregon (CNN)-

Intended or not, the central image on the Facebook page of Jacob “Jake” Roberts, the Oregon shopping mall gunman, is haunting.

A “Follow Your Dreams” slogan painted on a wall is stamped “Cancelled” in red.

He makes an attempt at humor.

“Hey what’s up guys my names Jake and I’m an alcoholic… Lol just kidding,” Roberts wrote in the first line of his introduction, which included grammatical errors. “If you were to ask someone that knows me they would probably say that I am a pretty funny person that takes sarcasm to the max.

“I’m the conductor of my choo choo train,” he continued. “I may be young but I have lived one crazy life so far.”

Authorities have released a photograph of Roberts, 22, who wore a hockey-like face mask and opened fire on holiday shoppers Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Oregon, near Portland. He killed two people and then himself.

The photograph of Jacob Tyler Roberts depicts a thin chin beard and gauge earrings embedded in both lobes. Black, wavy hair frames a half-smile.

One of his Facebook friends, Brittany Curry, 21, told CNN she dated Roberts for five months last year. They met through mutual friends in the Portland area, she said.

“I am in shock. I don’t know what to feel,” Curry said in a telephone interview. “He was really a good guy. He was really happy. He put everybody before himself.”

Roberts owned one gun, Curry said, but she didn’t want to elaborate.

His Facebook page lists “shooting” as one of his 10 interests, along with camping, sleeping, rafting, BMX, sushi and spending money.

Roberts told Curry that his mother died at childbirth and he never met his father, she said. He left his maternal aunt’s home at age 14, Curry said.

“He raised himself,” Curry said. “He was doing it all on his own.”

A friend from high school, Jordan Salazar, said she understood that Roberts’ parents were not present in his life. He was a skateboarder back then, she said.

“In high school Jake was a nice guy, outgoing,” Salazar told CNN.

“I saw him a few times in the last year. He seemed normal” and a “good guy,” she added.

Roberts valued his friends, Curry said.

Roberts wrote on his Facebook page: “My friends are my family and I don’t think that will ever change. I have done a lot for myself in the past year some good and some bad but I still press on.

“I like hanging out with my friends and having a good time maybe get a little drunk every now and then. I like to think of myself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie… Yup that’s right I’m a junkie lol. But I’m just looking to meet new people and see the world,” Roberts typed.

When they were dating, Roberts was living in an apartment across from the Clackamas Town Center mall, Curry said.

Roberts wanted to be a firefighter and was taking classes at Clackamas Community College, Curry said.

“It was always his dream,” Curry said.

In the meantime, he had been working as a cook at Big Bertha’s gyro eatery in Portland for more than two years, Curry said.

About that job, Roberts commented on Facebook: “Right now I work at the most badass gyro shop in town. I am one of the few people that can say I love my job and actually mean it.”

CNN’s Michael Martinez and Paul Vercammen filed this report.

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Clackamus Mall Shooting

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The gunman, having shot three people at an Oregon mall, initially tried to flee.

Fearful shoppers hid in stores and behind racks as the man ran down a corridor and to a back hallway that led downstairs.

By then, he likely heard the sirens as dozens of police officers converged on the Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley.

The gunman, dressed in a load-bearing vest and a mask, then decided to take his own life.

Details of Tuesday’s deadly mall shooting began to emerge, but the biggest question — Why? — remained unanswered.

At a news conference on Wednesday, investigators identified a 22-year-old man as the lone suspect responsible for shooting three people — two of them fatally — at the mall in suburban Portland.

Sheriff’s investigators said they believe Jacob Tyler Roberts acted alone in what they described as a “heinous, horrible, tragic crime.”

But for those looking for a motive, all investigators shared for now was that there was no apparent connection between the shooter and his victims.

The man and woman who were fatally shot were Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, and Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45.

The gunman hastily moved through the Macy’s at the mall and toward the food court, located on the second floor, where he opened fire, the sheriff’s office said.

Police arrived within one minute of the first calls of a shooting, a speedy response that may have influenced the gunman’s course of action, Sheriff Craig Roberts said.

The gunman was wearing a load-bearing vest — a military-style vest that makes it easier to carry heavy equipment, which many witnesses confused with a bulletproof vest — and was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

The rifle jammed at one point, but started working again, the sheriff said.

The injured woman was identified as Kristina Shevchenko by officials at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. She remains in serious condition, the hospital said.

The families of the other victims, Yuille and Forsyth, provided brief comments through authorities, but asked for privacy as they mourn their loved ones.

Yuille was remembered as “everybody’s friend” who put others first.

Forsyth was the father of two children with a great sense of humor and a zest for life, his family said.

Mall patrons were paralyzed during the shooting, as shoppers had no clue where the gunman would fire next.

Entire swaths of Clackamas Town Center turned silent. The only sounds were the blasts from the man’s rifle and the ensuing screams. Even the mall’s Santa dropped to the ground.

“I thought I was going to die,” mall employee David Moran said. “The gunshots were so loud, it was very scary. … Kids were crying. Parents were crying, too.”

Kira Rowland was holding her 6-month-old baby in Macy’s when the shots rang out.

“I threw my baby into the stroller and just started running, because everybody was screaming and everybody just started to run,” she said.

The gunman wore a hockey mask and jogged through Macy’s wielding a rifle, a woman told CNN affiliate KOIN.

As some panicked customers bolted for the exits, others ducked under store counters or hid behind racks of clothing.

The suspect announced aloud that “I am the shooter” as he ran through Macy’s, said witness and store employee Austin Patty.

The shooter carried a rifle “like you would see in a video game.”

As the shooting started, Patty ran out of the store, warning everyone in his path that there was a shooter on the loose and ordering them out of the store.

The sheriff’s office confirmed that a rifle and a mask were recovered from the scene.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to get a better picture of what happened.

Erin Quackenbush-Baker was in a vulnerable position — in the middle of the mall at a kiosk with her grandmother and three young children.

“My 5-year-old was covering her ears and crying. I was frantic to find a place to run, and I looked back (at) my son in my stroller and glass is falling over us,” she said. “The shots were getting closer, and it sounded like he was getting closer.”

“I felt like sitting ducks, where we were.”

During a brief halt in the gunfire, a man helped rush the family into a nearby Sephora store. That’s where Quackenbush-Baker and her children hid for an hour, “waiting to see if we were going to be shot or not.”

As word spread that the shooter was moving from store to store, customers at Sears burst into tears, Christina Fisher told KOIN.

“We were told to stand in a group by the top of the escalators and stay away from the windows out of the aisle. … We stood there for probably a good 20 minutes,” she said. “All of the sudden, somebody came through with a radio, yelling, ‘Get down!’ “

As the melee unfolded, some customers watched television news reports about the shooting from inside the Sears entertainment center, Tylor Pedersen told affiliate KGW.

Antonio Charro spotted a wounded woman near a cell phone store and tried to help, but to no avail.

“She had apparently been shot in the chest, and I couldn’t get her turned over to help her,” said Charro, who had been shopping at the mall with his daughters. “There was no one around. She wasn’t breathing.”

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said about 10,000 people were in the mall at the time.

No law enforcement officers fired any shots when they arrived, sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Phillips said.

The 1.4 million-square-foot mall will remain closed Wednesday as investigators look for clues about the attack.

Rowland said she’s grateful she got distracted while shopping and didn’t venture farther into the mall.

“I think if I hadn’t stopped to smell that perfume, that maybe me and my baby wouldn’t be here today.”

CNN’s Holly Yan, Catherine E. Shoichet, Cristy Lenz, Chandler Friedman, Michael Martinez, Tom Watkins and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.

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The mall shooting in Portland is on the minds of mall security officers many miles away from the tragedy.

“I think about the active shooter situation all the time,” said Arden Fair Mall Security Chief Steve Reed in a Tuesday night interview with FOX40.

Arden Fair, Sacramento’s largest mall, is known for it’s emphasis on security which includes a $2 million surveillance system.  But as Reed points out, shootings are not entirely preventable.  So he teaches his security staff and mall retailers how to handle the worst case scenario.  In light of what happened in Portland, he plans to send emails to mall employees refreshing that training.

Reed’s advice to employees and shoppers includes “looking for exits, knowing where cover and concealment is…and being able to describe things to law enforcement when they come in.”

Arden Fair security also works in conjunction with the Sacramento Police SWAT team, The Department of Homeland Security, and California’s Emergency Management Agency, practicing various scenarios.


Panicked customers rushed to the exits when a gunman opened fire Tuesday at a mall outside Portland, Oregon.

Some people huddled behind store counters and hid behind racks of clothing. The mall’s Santa dropped to the ground.

Three people were killed, including the shooter, said Lt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot, he said. One person suffered a traumatic injury.

A witness told CNN he tried to help a wounded woman who was lying on the ground by a cell phone store.

“She had apparently been shot in the chest, and I couldn’t get her turned over to help her,” said Antonio Charro, who had been shopping at the mall with his daughters. “There was no one around. She wasn’t breathing.”

Witnesses said a masked man with a gun headed toward the food court at the two-story Clackamas Town Center mall, located about 11 miles southeast of downtown Portland.

A woman told CNN affiliate KOIN that she saw a man wearing a hockey mask jogging through Macy’s and wielding an assault rifle.

“Everyone ran toward the exits at that point to get out,” she said.

Outside Macy’s, gunshots echoed where a man portraying Santa Claus was snapping photos with kids.

“I heard two shots, then 15 or 16 more shots,” he told CNN affiliate KGW. “I hit the floor.”

The sounds of gunfire rang out through the mall, witnesses said.

“We heard one gunshot. It sounded like something fell,” David Moran, an employee at the mall, told CNN. “Then it was a matter of two or three seconds, and then it was just rapid gunfire.”

Customers and employees alike started running for the exits, Moran said.

“I thought I was going to die,” he said. “The gunshots were so loud, it was very scary. … Kids were crying. Parents were crying, too.”

Inside Sears, some customers burst into tears as word spread of the shooter going store to store, Christina Fisher told KOIN.

“We were told to stand in a group by the top of the escalators and stay away from the windows out of the aisle. … We stood there for probably a good 20 minutes,” she said. “All of the sudden, somebody came through with a radio, yelling ‘get down!'”

A group of customers inside Sears watched television news reports about the shooting inside the store’s entertainment center, witness Tylor Pedersen told CNN affiliate KGW.

Pedersen said he heard about the shooting when people ran into the store, saying they had heard shots fired in the middle of the mall.

“I didn’t think it was real at first until I saw the reactions on their faces,” he said. “They were serious.”

Authorities put the mall on lockdown as they searched for the shooter, witnesses said.

Later, they escorted people outside.

“All of us had to have our hands raised, because they didn’t know who the shooter was yet,” said Larisa Terekhova, who posted a video online that showed people leaving the mall with their arms in the air.

Gov. John Kitzhaber praised first responders for reacting quickly to the shooting.

“I have directed State Police to make any and all necessary resources available to local law enforcement,” he said in a statement.

Authorities closed entrances and exits into the mall parking lot Tuesday evening, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.

A spokesman for General Growth Properties, which owns the mall, referred questions about the shooting to the sheriff’s office.

“Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this incident,” said David Keating, vice president of corporate communications. “Our priority is always for their safety and well-being.”

CNN’s Catherine E. Shoichet, Michael Martinez, Chandler Friedman, Cristy Lenz, Tom Watkins, John Fricke, AnneClaire Stapleton and Joe Sutton filed this report.

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