One day after a gunman wearing a hockey mask walked into a shopping mall outside Portland, Oregon, and killed two people before fatally shooting himself, police identified the shooter as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said on Wednesday that Roberts drove to Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Oregon, and entered the crowded mall through a rear entrance at Macy's. Wearing a hockey mask and ammo vest, the gunman started randomly shooting people with a semi-automatic rifle in the food court, the sheriff said.
Cindy Yuille, 54, and Steven Matthew Forsyth, 45, were killed in the shooting. According to HLN affiliate KOIN, a third shooting victim, Kristina Shevchenko, remains in serious condition at the hospital. Authorities would not give specific details about her injuries, but she is expected to survive.
Yuille's family released a statement, "Cindy was everybody's friend, she was a wonderful person, she was very caring and put others first."
Forsyth's family also released a statement, saying "Steve was one of the most passionate people with an entrepreneurial spirit." The father of two and a youth sports coach also had a "zest for life," the statement read.
The sheriff said at Wednesday's press conference that more people could have been shot had Roberts' gun not apparently jammed. The sheriff said there was no connection between Roberts and his victims.
The sheriff said Roberts acted alone; he stole the semi-automatic weapon from a person he knew. There is no word yet on a possible motive for the shooting.