CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Authorities said yesterday that the gunman who fatally shot two people at an Oregon shopping mall before killing himself on Tuesday sprayed dozens of rounds from a semi-automatic rifle and had been carrying several magazines filled with extra ammunition during the attack..
CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Authorities said yesterday that the gunman who fatally shot two people at an Oregon shopping mall before killing himself on Tuesday sprayed dozens of rounds from a semi-automatic rifle and had been carrying several magazines filled with extra ammunition during the attack..
The gunman, identified as Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, also was wearing what authorities called a “ hockey-style mask” and was outfitted with a vest that allowed him to carry more ammunition.
Sheriff Craig Roberts, of the Clackamas County sheriff’s office, said Roberts had no known connection to his victims and apparently fired randomly with an AR-15 rifle.
“We don’t understand the motive for this attack,” Roberts said.
The dead were identified as Steve Forsyth, 45, a youth-sports coach who owned a small business in the mall, and Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, who apparently was shopping.
A third person, Kristina Shevchenko, remained hospitalized in serious condition with at least one bullet wound, authorities said. Her age was not released.
Roberts had no known criminal history, authorities said, although the AR-15 used in the shooting recently had been stolen from someone Roberts knew. The theft had been reported on Tuesday, hours before the attack.
By interviewing witnesses and viewing the surveillance tapes, authorities say they now know that Tuesday afternoon, just before 3:30 p.m., Roberts parked his car, a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta, in a spot near an entrance to the Clackamas Town Center mall’s food court. He walked hurriedly inside with the assault rifle in hand.
As people in the food court ate, he opened fire, although it was unclear whether either of the dead had been in the food court.
Roberts next moved quickly through the mall, although at one point the weapon jammed, authorities said. He was able to clear the rifle and begin calmly firing again — as many as 60 rounds.
He killed himself in a mall corridor, authorities said.