Gun­man used stolen AR-15 in mall

The 22-year-old wore hockey mask, vest filled with ex­tra am­mu­ni­tion.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Kirkjohn­son Ja­cob Tay­lor Roberts’ photo is shown as Lt. Adam Phillips an­swers ques­tions Wed­nes­day about Roberts’ ram­page Tues­day at a mall in Clacka­mas, Ore. GREG WAHL-STEPHENS / AP

CLACKA­MAS, OrE. — Au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day that the gun­man who fa­tally shot two peo­ple at an Ore­gon shop­ping mall be­fore killing him­self sprayed dozens of rounds from a semi­au­to­matic ri­fle and had been car­ry­ing sev­eral mag­a­zines filled with ex­tra am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing the at­tack amid thou­sands of hol­i­day shop­pers.

The gun­man, iden­ti­fied as Ja­cob Tyler Roberts, 22, was also wear­ing what au­thor­i­ties called a “hockey-style mask” and was out­fit­ted with a load­bear­ing 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 had ap­par­ently fired ran­domly with an AR-15 ri­fle.

“We don’t un­der­stand the mo­tive for this at­tack,” said Roberts, who called the shoot­ing a “hor­rific act of vi­o­lence.”

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 was ap­par­ently 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 prior crim­i­nal his­tory, au­thor­i­ties said, although the AR-15 he used in the shoot­ing had been re­cently stolen from some­one Roberts knew. The theft had been re­ported Tues­day, hours be­fore the at­tack.

Po­lice have said that none of the more than 100 law en­force­ment of­fi­cials who re­sponded to the pop­u­lar mall Tues­day had fired a shot.

At least 10,000 peo­ple were in the mall at the time of the shoot­ing, po­lice said.

Steven Forsyth, 45, and Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, both died in the shoot­ing spree.

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