Friday December 6, 2013
Details in the Deadly Clackamas Mall ShootingSalem-News.com
Sergeant Adam Phillips with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office offers this update of the tragic event.
(CLACKAMAS, OR) - Following are new details on yesterday's active-shooter incident at Clackamas Town Center -- including victim names, suspect details, photos, event chronology, list of participating agencies and mental-health resources.
The VictimsThe Clackamas County Sheriff's office has released 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."
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."
SUSPECT NAME / DETAILS
The suspect in this case: Jacob Tyler Roberts, was born March 6, 1990.
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 CHRONOLOGYAt 3:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 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.
MALL CLOSURE UPDATE
It is the Sheriff's Office's understanding at this writing that Clackamas Town Center will be closed at least through the end of the day today (Wednesday, Dec. 12). Check the mall's website, www.clackamastowncenter.com, for additional details on when the mall will re-open -- as well as mall personnel's plans to return personal items abandoned by shoppers during the incident.
After the mall opens again for business, the Sheriff's Office and mall personnel are planning for extra patrols.
ADDITIONAL WITNESSES SOUGHT
UPDATE w/ NEW NUMBER: Any witnesses to the shooting incident should now call our Tip Line (503-723-4949) to make reports.
THANKS TO ASSISTING PERSONNEL
The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of our local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency-services partners for their extraordinary efforts in this case. Several neighboring jurisdictions -- including Oregon City and Woodburn -- made the decision to send all of their on-duty officers to the scene.
Even after it was determined the suspect was deceased, this extraordinary level of cooperation and support continued -- allowing the Sheriff's Office to move ahead rapidly with this investigation.
The Sheriff's Office would also like to acknowledge Clackamas Town Center for their prompt and effective response to this crisis. By having a plan in place and implementing it in a timely manner, they helped protect the lives of their customers and employees.
Participating agencies in this incident response included:
CRISIS HELP AVAILABLE FROM CLACKAMAS COUNTY
Clackamas County Crisis Services provides 24-hour help for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Citizens experiencing a mental health crisis can call the Clackamas County Crisis Line 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and speak to a crisis counselor at 503-655-8585.
Special thanks to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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