(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The masked gunman who killed two people in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., was identified Wednesday as Jacob Tyler Roberts.
Roberts, 22, was armed with a stolen AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, Sheriff Craig Roberts said at a news conference Wednesday. He was not wearing a bullet-proof vest as previously reported.
Earlier Wednesday the sheriff told ABC’s Good Morning America the gunman was intent on killing “as many people as possible.”
The shooter, wearing a white hockey mask and black clothing, tore through the mall just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, entering through a Macy’s store and heading to the food court and public areas spraying bullets, according to witness reports.
Craig said that Roberts has no criminal record.
“We have been able to identify the shooter over this last night,” Roberts said. “I believe, at least from the information that’s been provided to me at this point in time, it really was a killing of total strangers. To my knowledge at this point in time he was really trying, I think, to kill as many people as possible.”
Police have not released the names of the shooter’s victims. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department Lt. James Rhodes said authorities are in the process of notifying victims’ families.
The injured victim, identified by hospital officials as Kristina Shevchenko, 15, was taken to a hospital and has undergone an initial surgery, according to a Facebook page set up by her family members. Family members said a bullet bruised her lung but avoided piercing any major organs.
More than 10,000 shoppers were at the mall during the day, according to police. Roberts said that officers responded to the scene of the shooting within minutes, and four SWAT teams swept the 1.4 million-square-foot building searching for the shooter. He was eventually found dead of an apparent suicide.
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