December 12th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

Faces of Portland shooting: Victims, suspect named

We're learning more about the people involved in the shooting at a mall near Portland, Oregon.

Police say Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, opened fire Tuesday, killing Cindy Ann Yuille and Steven Forsyth before shooting himself.

Here's what we know so far from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office about the victims and the suspect:

Victim: Steven Mathew Forsyth

Forsyth, 45, is a resident of West Linn, Oregon. His family released the following statement:

"Steven Mathew Forsyth was a loving husband, father of two children, son, brother, uncle, youth sports coach and friend to the many people who had the privilege to meet him.

"Steve was one of the most passionate people with a true entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to start his business, Coastoms. He had a great sense of humor and a zest for life. He had vision and a belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

"The family asks that the media respect their desire for privacy as they grieve their loss. They will not be granting any interviews."

Victim: Cindy Ann Yuille

Yuille, 54, was a resident of northeast Portland. Her family released the following statement:

"Cindy was everybody's friend. She was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first.

"The family has advised us they want time and space to grieve their loss and will not be giving interviews at this time. The family will make a statement at an unspecified later date through the Sheriff's Office."

Victim: Kristina Shevchenko

Shevchenko, a juvenile, was a third victim who survived the shooting. She is being treated at a local hospital's trauma center and is in serious condition.

Suspect: Jacob Tyler Roberts

Sheriff's investigators have named Roberts as the shooter. Police say they believe he acted alone in what they described as a "heinous, horrible, tragic crime."

Roberts' motive remains unknown, and there was no apparent connection between the shooter and his victims, officials said.

Roberts, who was born on March 6, 1990, was armed with  an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. That weapon was stolen, officials said, from someone Roberts knew.

Roberts hastily moved through Macy's at the mall and toward the food court, on the second floor, where he opened fire, the sheriff's office said.

During the shooting, Roberts was wearing a "load-bearing vest," a military-style vest that makes it easier to carry heavy equipment. Some witnesses confused it with a bulletproof vest. He was also had on a hockey-style face mask, officials said.

Officers have executed search warrants on Roberts' home and his car, which was in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot. Officials did not detail what was found as a result of the warrants.

Follow continuing local coverage on CNN affiliates KPTV, KATU, KGW and KOIN. See photos from the scene.

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  1. Critik

    Don't know why people are going crazy nowadays !!!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Canada Dave

      They have always been going crazy but technology now allows us to watch.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yared

    I know why.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ozzy

      Are you Ethiopian?

      December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Because crazy kids are crazy?

      December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin Nivek

    I bet he was angry that Tempestt Bledsoe was returning to network television.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grow Up Kevin

      Seriously? A joke on a page about two innocent lives being snuffed out during the holiday season. Classless and moronic. Kevin, please do me a favor and relay a message to your parents for me: they didn't do their job and shouldn't have had children if they were going to raise them properly. And the next time you want to make a joke inappropriately, at least make it funny.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. moe

    The NRA put the gun in the hand of this man. They will use this event as propaganda that more people need guns to defend themselves. This is a lie and myth because it seldom happens. Someone purchased a weapon that was not properly locked and this killer stole it. The owner should go to jail because he did not protect his gun from theft. Once again, the NRA is a murderers best friend.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Calidip

      NRA stole the weapon for him? REALLY?! Think they can steal me a leet ar-15 like in the video games I play?

      December 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philosopherott

      You are an idiot. The NRA is probably the most active group as far as gun safety goes. You are ill informed and make a fool of you self as well as scaring people into not have the means to defend themselves.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Informed Citizen

      No, the NRA didn't put the gun in this man's hand. The Second Amendment gives "we the poeple" the right to own these things. He was a criminal an stole it. Face the facts "Moe", the world is a dangerous place. Having 2.5 kids, a dog and a white picket fence is not going to make it any safer – nor is putting your head in the sand. Honestly, I am waiting for the first pistol pack'n mom with a stroller – of which there are many – to take one of these idiots out. (Close to what happened in the Colorado church shooting a number of years ago.) Then let's see how anti-NRA you are.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • geo

      So Moe i guess if i steel your car and use it to run someone over and kill them you will be going to jail with me.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dallas

    Obama made him do it

    December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Alison

    Atheist

    December 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Alison

    Moe, .. and you are called by...

    December 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Alison

    I mean controlled by..?

    December 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Alison

    I bet CCNN will refer to him as a white Asian.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • camijacks

      What's your point?

      December 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      LOL! I bet you are right.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. me2

    I think he pried the gun from Chucky Heston's cold, dead hand.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. joeknockz

    Rest assured that this mans flesh is being burned as we speak. He may not have believed in Heaven or Hell but it's very real to him now.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Magic God

      Tell us more, I as sume you ahve been there to witness it. Perhaps you heard god's voice tell you there is one. God was watching him and was pleased....god's will was done

      December 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. No Surprise

    I guess we'll need metal detectors and a new MSA (Mall Security Authority) soon. Sadly, one can imagine a future where the nightly news rattles off "today's shootings." The sale of automatic weapons is ludicrous. Had the weapon not jammed, and police not responded so quickly, this could have been a much higher death toll.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FoolKiller

      He cleared the jam, reloaded, and shot some more. He was just a pathetic shot (which admittedly is little consolation for those that were hit).

      December 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      And WHAT does how fast the police responded have to do with it? You think he shot himself when he saw them coming? They never fired a shot. He was most likely dead when they arrived.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Informed Citizen

      Hey "No Surprise". This was not an automatic weapon. It was a semi-automatic weapon. Big difference. One is very legal and the other is very illiegal. Then again, steeling a semi-automatic weapon and shooting people is also illegal. Damn it. It sucks when people don't obey the laws. Does that mean we need more laws to make these acts even MORE illegal?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. REis Kash

    One good man with a concealed weapons permit could have saved lives in the mall. This nut used a stolen weapon to kill – what we need is more honest people carrying weapons they know how to us. Remember, when seconds count, police are only minutes away.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • martin

      Yeah! I can imagine the shootout that would result: A hail of gunfire from all sides just like in the movies. Nobody would know who the bad guys or the good guys were...but, just like in the movies, only the bad guy would be hurt.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancemick

      Umm.. No. That's all the situation needed is more people firing guns in a heavily populated area. Did you think about the fact that if more people had guns and were firing them that there would be even more confusion about who the perp really is and more people dead as a result? Who would you even know to shoot when there are multiple people firing? Not to mention the fact that the police would arrive with even more guns not knowing who to shoot and not shoot.

      Anyone who believes more guns equal less guns death fails miserably both at math and reasoning.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE--USMC-0311

      Kash--bingo, my point to..Only if someone had a conceal weapon.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      lancemick and martin – I'm fairly certain a reasonable person would assume the one in the hockey mask was the one up to no good.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krueger

      And how do you know that no one was carrying one already?

      December 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • troop147

      Martin is right. Just like the movies. The entire russian amy was shooting at Rambo and missed. Thousands of rounds were fired on the A team, yet no one ever was hit. One good man firing at the bad guy would likely get shot by the cops, another good man with a weapon or taken down by a heroic effort of some bystander. An untrained unqualified gunowner would likely only make things worse. How many times have we heard of trained Police Officers engaging bad guys only to get wounded or killed.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • miriam

      I'll let others disagree with you as to whether someone else with a gun might have been able to "take him out"...

      but, you really think women don't conceal carry? And someone has to be a good person to have taken the shot? A bad person couldn't have tried?

      December 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Heath

    you will be betrayed by parents and brothers,relatives and friends:and they will put some of you to death. and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. by your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:16-19 these were the exact words i was reading when I heard the shots; I was there. Why do you make comments about irrelevant stuff ? people are suffering, please offer some hope or just shut your traps

    December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Magic God

      what the h ll are you talking about? If you god is real his will was done and he was pleased at the shooter's work

      December 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sk

    I am scared going to mall with kids!

    December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CD

      The odds of dying in a crash on the way to the mall are infinitely higher.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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