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December 13, 2012

Police: Shooter used stolen rifle

NORMAN — Two killed, one teen in serious condition

PORTLAND, Ore. — The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a stolen rifle from someone he knew, authorities said Wednesday.

Jacob Tyler Roberts had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland mall Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the 22-year-old’s attack, but he managed to get it working again. He later shot himself.

Two people were killed, and another, Kristina Shevchenko, 15, was wounded and in serious condition Wednesday.

Roberts, wearing a hockey-style face mask, parked his 1996 green Volkswagen Jetta in front of the second-floor entrance to Macy’s and walked briskly through the store, into the mall and began firing randomly, police said.

He fatally shot Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, of West Linn, and Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, of Portland, the sheriff said.

Roberts then fled along a mall corridor and into a back hallway, down stairs and into a corner where police found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said.

The first arriving officers were trained to form teams and go inside instead of waiting for SWAT. Employees at the mall also received training.

The first 911 call came at 3:29 p.m. Tuesday and officers arrived a minute later.

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