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. Socal Girl

    It's the violent video games!

    December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • miriam

      Lots of kids play them and don't shoot up malls full of people.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Sometimes facts during times like this go a long way in helping people understand all of the issues. While the firearm was an assault weapon!!!!! It was not a military weapon. The AR-15 is the non Military version of the M-16 firearm. It is NOT an automatic firearm whereas the M-16 is. While it does use the same ammo – that ammo is much smaller in cal. than most hunting rifles used today. Banning this specific firearm would only drive the next would be idiot to get their hands on some other type of semi-automatic (non-“assault”) rifle, shotgun or explosives, etc... The problem is not the gun. The problem is the human. There are more firearms in the US than there are people – there is no amount of government that will remove them all from this earth – they are here to stay – just get past gun banning it only will waste time while the fools keep killing. We need to focus on the human and predicting these events in people, and protecting ourselves from these events. This is where we can help ourselves the most. What I say is possible and being done at a national level.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behindp

    Most people I know with cocealed carry do not, DO NOT, obtsin weapons and permits to protect others without permits,they obtain them to prevent theft and physical harm to themselves and loved ones.
    If at a public shooting with family your primary concern is to remove them from that situation and to he.. with anything or anyone else until then.
    IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT OTHERS CHOOSE TO NOT BE PREPARED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND FAMILY.
    Having a conceal permit does not allow you to go hunting for bad guys and any dumb cluck who woud do so in a crowded mall of thousands is putting himself and quite possibly others into harms way.
    As to both pro and con in regards to NRA your both spoutingB.S.!

    December 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rickstas

      You kill me, man.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      At the mall last night, the ratio of unarmed (or responsibly armed) Americans to armed and dangerous Americans was 10,000: 1

      We are not a nation of armed animals. Most Americans have never been affected by gun violence and wouldn't shoot another person unless our lives depended on it. We get a bad rap as a nation because of crazy people with guns. But most of us are as peaceful as people in any other nation.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dl324

      I agree. People with concealed weapons permits need to be able to identify their targets. How could they know whether the shooter was acting alone or not? Just shoot anyone else with a gun???

      Just showing your gun, even accidentally, could get you charged with brandishing.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. js

    Much safer to stay home at all times. Much better not to have any contact with any humans. Humans are bad, germ-filled beings that will only lead to death. People should only lock themselves in home and receive words and instructions from government run tv.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wilson

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Honestly that is what I try to do. Have to get out to go to work and get groceries but that is about all. It's just better at home.

      December 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pleiva

    My kid plays violent video games. We played pretend violent games. My kid and all my buds are peaceful people. I own guns. The AR was stolen. The kid was probably a disturbed person. Education, reasonable gun laws, more treatment ops, and identification of the weebles that wobble amongst us is what this country needs. I feel very sad for the victims and their families.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doctor Strange

      This wasn't some old man's hunting rifle. No one should be able to purchase any ASSAULT rifle legally. Doesn't matter that it was stolen.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    A CNN article mentioned Jacob Roberts's unknown motive.
    I think that for many young USA citizens today the question would not be, "why," but rather, "why not?"
    A trip to the mall gave this twenty-two-year-old something exciting to do with his time, and he got public attention.
    After all, he wasn't at Juilliard practising Beethoven's Opus 111.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. debbie

    Wow 2 people are dead, a juvenile in serious condition, and all some can do is keep venting their inane views, using a tragedy to bolster their rants, sad, sad.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ debbie:
      Do you think that writers should limit their posts to condolences and garment-rending expressions of sorrow?
      One could do that, but isn't it possible that some insight might be gained from many observations of the sociological matrix?

      December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rich 3

    Typical in a nra nation...

    December 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Me

    Who?

    December 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JBK

      ME, Fairly sure Josh is referring to you!

      December 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    He stole the gun.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      It's too easy to get a gun. NRA should be held accountable.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    Can NRA gaurantee that all gun owners would never get crazy and go out on a shooting spree?

    December 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Doctor Strange

    My question is: Why in the hell are assault rifles even legal in the US? They are engineered for war!

    December 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Try telling the republicans that.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • hualosman

      Dear. Dr,

      This specific rifle is engineered for a number of purposes. It is quickly becoming the rifle of choice for many hunters. It is based off the rifles used by the military, but there are several important differences ( namely full auto fire vs semi-auto and legal barrel length). From your comment, I assume you support a renewed assault weapon ban. These acts of security theater are absolutely worthless because what they ban are cosmetic features that do not affect the operation of the rifle. Even under the previous assault weapon ban, what Mr. Roberts would have been able to steal would have been a rifle that was literally identical in all important operating characteristics. Assault weapon bans are useless.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JayVMN

    I don't own a gun but...
    One of the football players recently killed his girlfriend and himself with alcohol and gun.
    The other football player killed his friend with alcohol and car.
    What is the one similarity here?
    Costos never talked about banning alcohol or cars...

    December 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sylvia

    This is not about a disgruntled ethnic minority Obama voter. Diversity is strength! We are a nation of immigrants! FORWARD to socialist utopia.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. esteban

    By the looks of him, aisan mixed people do not usually make it in the soap operas of America, depression and suicide anger at the correct people will only justifythe inferiorites steroe type of minorities blending in with futility.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. TvNyC

    Get the guns out of everybodys hands. You know they will go mad and statt shooting at anytime. Take those guns and sell them overseas. Youll make a killing.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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