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Oregon Shooting Was Random Act of Violence, Police Say

Dec 12, 2012

Police identified the suspect in Tuesday's mall shooting in Oregon as Jacob Tyler Roberts and said the attack was a random act of violence.

The local sheriff said there was no relationship between the Roberts and the victims, a 54-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, both of whom were fatally shot, and a 15-year-old girl who was critically injured.

Roberts, 22, entered the Clackamas Town Centre mall Tuesday some time before 3:30 pm (2330 Tuesday GMT) and headed to the food court where he fired up to 60 shots. He then ran to the lower lever of the mall where he shot himself dead.

Police said Roberts used an AR-15 semi automatic weapon he stole from someone he knew.

The sheriff said Roberts' gun apparently got jammed while he was at the food court. Had that not happened, many more lives would have been claimed.

At the time of the shooting, 10,000 shoppers were at the mall. The sheriff said people remained calm and helped each other evacuate, which also contributed to the relatively low number of deaths.

However, Sheriff Craig Roberts pointed out that there is no such thing as a low number of fatalities, saying the shooting will affect many people for the rest of their lives.

"With two people dead and a third one critically injured, we all have to realize that this was a heart-breaking tragedy by many many standards," Roberts said in a press conference.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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