WASHINGTON, December 12, 2012 – News from Portland Oregon have identified the victims of the Clackamas Town Center shooting as Cindy Ann Yuille, a 54 year old woman described by her family as “everyone’s friend and a wonderful person” and 45 year old Steve Forsyth, a father of two children. Steve’s family statement describes him as a “passionate person with an entrepreneurial spirit.”
Cindy Yuille lived in Northeast Portland. Forsyth was a local business owner of Big Feat Marketing and contributor to the Portland Business Journal.
A young girl, Kristina Shevchenko, 15 years of age, is out of critical condition, but still in serious condition, following surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest. Remarkably, after being shot, she was able to get out of the mall and to first responders who quickly transported her for treatment.
Clackamas Town Center is one of Portland’s largest malls and was busy for the holiday season with over ten thousand shoppers. This most recent violent rampage, and the response of police and those in the store, show that we have a new normal in our lives.
Clackamas Country Sheriff Craig Roberts said in a press release just moments ago that he attributed four factors to this tragedy, though terrible, not being far worse:
Based on evidence, the suspect’s rifle did jam, though he got it working again:
The Clackamas Town Center has a lock down protocol in place;
A large number of police officers were on the scene quickly, with the very first responders being there within one minute of the first phone calls received:
With over ten thousand people in the mall, they all kept a level head, got themselves out of the store and harms way and, many being heroes, helped others to get out “these heroes were helping each other whether a child, or someone in a wheelchair”,
Reports are that the gunman entered the store wearing an ammo vest, not bullet proof, vest, white mask and carrying a “military type” weapon that Roberts identified as an AR15 Semi-Automatic rifle that the shooter had stolen.
He was also in possession of several fully loaded magazines of ammunition.
Eye witness reports are that the gunmen started firing randomly, shooting several times, killing two in the mall food court before running into Macy’s. Witnesses report him saying “I am the shooter,” as he fired.
“This could have been much, much worse,” says Roberts. The first 911 calls came at 3:29 p.m. on Tuesday, with first officers arriving within one minute. By 3:51, the victims and the gunman and rifle had been found. Responding SWAT teams then entered and cleared the 1.4 million square foot mail that includes 185 stores and large arena style theater.
Roberts also said that the police were prepared, having practiced protocol and procedure drills for such an incident in drills, at the mall during the last year. In those drills, the first responders are to form teams and enter, without waiting for the SWAT team. This bold response quickly had police seeking the gunman who attempted to escape through the Macy’s department store, finding himself in a corner at the bottom of stairs where he shot himself.
Search warrants of the shooters home and car have been executive, however no motive for the shooting, or relationship between the shooter and victims has been identified.
Out of respect to the families and persons affected by this tragedy, Communities Digital News will not print the shooters name or photo. Our condolences are with the families of Ms. Yuille, Mr. Forsyth, and the family of the shooter. Our wishes are for a full recovery for Ms. Shevchenko.
Associated Press writers Nigel Duara in Portland, Michelle Price in Phoenix, Pete Yost in Washington and Manuel Valdes in Seattle contributed to this report.
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