Police today revealed the name of the gunman in yesterday’s shooting at Clackamas Town Center. They also identified the names of the two shooting victims who were killed. And doctors say one survivor has a reasonable chance of recovery. April Baer reports.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Adam Phillips spoke about the victims who did not make it through the attack.
Phillips said 54-year old Cindy Yuille was from northeast Portland. He read a statement from her family: “Cindy was everybody’s friend. She was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first.”
Yuille worked for Kaiser Permanente for 16 years, most recently as a hospice nurse. Her husband works in the same field.
Steven Forsyth, 45, of West Linn, owned a small business at Clackamas Town Center, Phillips said.
“Steve was one of the most passionate people, with a true entrepreneurial spirit. He had a great sense of humor, and a zest for life,” Phillips said.
Dr. Lazlo Kiraly at OHSU said first responders did heroic work stabilizing 15-year old Kristina Shevchenko. The shooter’s bullet did a lot of tissue damage, he said.
“She had a collapsed right lung with blood in her chest,” Kiraly said. “She had some active bleeding from wounds. Kristina suffered deeper injuries to her lung and liver.”
Shevchenko spent the night in intensive care. Kiraly said more surgery may be needed. But he said he’s optimistic.
Authorities are still working out the precise timeline for the shooting. The proximity of the mall to the Sheriff’s Department - less than a mile away - allowed for a relatively quick first response. Sheriff Craig Roberts said officers were on the scene one minute after 911 dispatchers got calls, at 3:29 in the afternoon.
“Over the past 18 hours people have asked me: How were there so few victims during this incident?” the sheriff said.
Sheriff Roberts said, first of all, the deaths and injuries made for a heartbreaking tragedy. That said, he credits the mall’s crisis plan and bystanders’ quick action to help people out with saving lives.
Roberts identified the shooter as Jacob Tyler Roberts - no relation to the Sheriff. At one point, the sheriff says, Roberts’ rifle jammed as he was attacking people in the mall’s food court.