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Oregon mall shooter writes on Facebook, 'I have lived one crazy life'December 12, 2012 @ 5:18 pm (Updated: 8:18 am - 12/13/12 )
Police are talking trying to figure out why Jacob Roberts, 22, stole a semiautomatic weapon, donned a hockey mask and stormed into the Clackamas Town Center killing two people, wounding others and then killing himself.
His Facebook page includes a cover photo - which users choose generally to represent where they live or something that's important to them - with the words "Follow Your Dreams" covered by a red "Cancelled" sign.
One of the public photos Roberts posted shows someone shooting a gun in an outdoor target practice area. Another is of someone in a gorilla suit, and the rest are the kind of photos you'd see on the Facebook page of anyone in their 20s. He had 104 friends, and listed his status as being "in a relationship" although his former girlfriend says the broke up this summer.
Here's the bio Roberts wrote:
Hey what's up guys my names Jake and I'm an alcoholic... Lol just kidding. If you were to ask someone that knows me they would probably say that I am a pretty funny person that takes sarcasm to the max. I'm the kind of person that is going to do what I want. There is no reason for another person to tell you what to do, I'm the conductor of my choo choo train. I may be young but I have lived one crazy life so far. My friends are my family and I don't think that will ever change. I have done a lot for myself in the past year some good and some bad but I still press on. I like hanging out with my friends and having a good time maybe get a little drunk every now and then. I like to think of myself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie... Yup that's right I'm a junkie lol. But I'm just looking to meet new people and see the world. Right now I work at the most badass gyro shop in town. I am one of the few people that can say I love my job and actually mean it. But if you want to know more about me send me a message. What's up let's party.
Friends say Roberts liked to joke around, but changed in the week before the shooting and seemed "distant."
Roberts quit his job at a gyro shop in downtown Portland, sold all of his belongings, and planned to move to Hawaii.
He told some friends he'd already purchased an airline ticket, but he told his former girlfriend that he missed his flight last Saturday.
Police are still seeking information about what Roberts was doing in the days leading up to the shooting.
Authorities with the Clackamas County Sheriff believe Roberts went into the mall with the goal of killing as many people as he could.
Why? They don't know.
Roberts' mother released a statement saying she had no explanation of her son's behavior. Robert's biological mother died when he was young. Tami Roberts raised him.
"Tami Roberts wishes to express her shock and grief at the events," a friend told reporters in Portland. "She has no understanding or explanation for her son's behavior. It's so out of his character."
His Facebook page indicates Roberts graduated from Oregon City High School in 2008.
Teachers there described him as soft spoken, polite, and helpful.
He also went to Milwaukie High School, in Oregon, and the principal there describes him as an average student with average grades.
Although it's unusual to change high schools before senior year, there was no disciplinary record regarding Roberts.
Police records show Roberts had two speeding tickets earlier this year. His Oregon driver's license was suspended this year, according to Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle records. He held a commercial driver's license which was also suspended.
One of the gunman's victims was Cindy Yuille, 54, a hospice nurse described as someone who loved the outdoors and rarely visited shopping malls.
The other victim was 45-year-old Steve Forsyth. He had a marketing business and friends say he was a role model, full of energy and "a hero to a lot of people."
A teenager who was shot, Kristina Shevchenko, remains in stable but serious condition.
By LINDA THOMAS
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