Co-workers: Oregon shooter planned to move to Hawaii

Published On: Dec 12 2012 01:18:01 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 03:09:02 PM HST

Clackamas County Sheriff

Jacob Tyler Roberts


The Oregon man accused of shooting two people to death at a Clackamas shopping center and apparently turned the gun on himself Tuesday told co-workers he was planning to move to Hawaii permanently, according to The Oregonian.

Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, told co-workers he recently inherited money from a relative and he was going to use that money for his move to Hawaii.

Arianna Johnson, an acquaintance of Roberts, told The Oregonian that he was supposed to fly out last Friday or Saturday but missed his flight.

A bartender said he at the Space Room bar last Friday night and talked about leaving for Hawaii on Saturday.

Authorities say Roberts used a stolen rifle from someone he knew.  He also had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland mall on Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but he managed to get it working again.  He later shot himself.  Authorities don't yet have a motive but don't believe he was targeting specific people.

Two people -- a 54-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man -- were killed, and another, Kristina Shevchenko, 15, was wounded and in serious condition on 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 of West Linn and Cindy Ann Yuille 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.


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