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As Shots Rang Out In Oregon Mall, Shoppers And Santa Dove For Cover

Dec 12, 2012
Originally published on December 12, 2012 2:52 pm

1:30 p.m. ET. Gunman Identified:

The man who killed two people and seriously wounded a third person at a suburban Portland, Ore., shopping mall on Tuesday has been identified by police as Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, of Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting tells us.

The Oregonian reports it sent a reporter to the home of Roberts' mother, who declined to comment other than to say, "I loved my son very much."

Roberts was found dead at the scene, from what's thought to have been a self-inflicted gunshot. The Clackamas County Sheriff's office says he was armed with a stolen AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Deputies also say evidence indicates he acted alone and that there is no terrorist connection to the crime.

The two people killed have been identified by authorities as 54-year-old Cindy Yule and 45-year-old Steven Mathew Forsyth. The injured person is teenager Kristina Shevchenko. The sheriff's department has posted much more information here.

Our original post — "As Shots Rang Out In Oregon Mall, Shoppers And Santa Dove For Cover" — and earlier updates:

There are harrowing stories this morning from the shopping mall just outside Portland, Ore., where a festive holiday scene turned into a nightmare when a gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon.

The shooter killed two people, injured another and was later found dead at the scene, "apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to The Associated Press.

From some of the reports:

-- "The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos. About to invite a child to hop onto his lap, Brance Wilson instead dove for the floor and kept his head down as he heard shots being fired upstairs in the mall Tuesday afternoon.

" 'I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target,' said the 68-year-old Wilson. Families waiting for Santa scattered. More shots followed, and Wilson crept away for better cover." (The Associated Press)

-- "Alina Pavlenko heard a loud sound and then another. Looking up from her small cupcake kiosk at the mall's food court, she realized they were gunshots.
The 16-year-old caught sight of a figure in a white mask walking about 100 feet away as the mall's near-empty halls echoed with screams. The figure pointed his gun at a woman nearby and fired, and Pavlenko watched as the woman fell.

"Then he calmly turned toward her.

" 'He looked straight at me and he aimed, but he missed,' said Pavlenko. (The Oregonian)

-- "I was in my store preparing for a mid-day close, just the tills basically," said Paul Beckett, who works at the mall's Excalibur Cutlery & Gifts store. "We heard a lot of gun shots out front. Some of the glass railing in front of my store shattered. A couple of windows in some of the other shops shattered. And people started running around and screaming. They weren't that scared at first. But suddenly people started ducking into places and diving on the ground and hiring." (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

According to The Oregonian, there were "up to 10,000 shoppers" in the Clackamas Town Center when the "masked gunman raced inside the mall and began firing dozens of shots. ... An estimated 100 law enforcement personnel descended on the mall, including local police, state troopers and four tactical weapons teams, backed by members of the FBI and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."

It now appears, the newspapers says, that the gunman (his name hadn't been released as Wednesday dawned; but he's said to be 22 years old) "fired up to 60 shots before killing himself."

Bob Schwab, "a World War II veteran who walks the mall for exercise, saw a surge of terrified shoppers rush out of the mall while one Santa took cover," he told the newspaper. "I was by Santa Claus in front of Macy's when we heard, 'Pow. Pow. Pow,'" said Schwab. "People screamed and ran. I saw Santa drop to the floor."

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET. Santa Says He'll Be Back:

KGW-TV talked with the mall's Santa, who describes how he hid from the gunman — and emerged to find that everyone who had been with him was gone.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. More From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

-- "Details Emerge After Tuesday Shooting."

-- "Sheriff: 'These Things Aren't Supposed To Happen.' "

-- "Mall Shooting Victim Expected To Survive."

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