It was December 11th, 2012 when 22 year old Jacob Tyler Roberts walked into the Macy’s at Clackamas Town Center and opened fire. Witnesses say he was wearing a mask and shooting indiscriminately as 10,000 people were Christmas Shopping inside.
He walked into the mall’s food court where he shot and killed 54 year old Cindy Yuille who was was Christmas shopping. Next he turned his gun towards 15 year old Kristina Shevchenko. She was shot in the chest but made it outside of the mall and survived. The last person shot was 46 year old father of two, Steven Forsyth. He was near a kiosk and died after being shot in the head.
Investigators say Roberts attempted to reload his weapon, but for some reason it jammed. That is when he ran towards a back hallway and down a set of stairs where he committed suicide.
The first Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy on scene was Deputy Robby Nashif. He tells KXL when he first arrived he saw hundreds of people outside the mall. His message to them as they looked at him, “RUN!”
Listen to the full interview with Deputy Nashif and Sergeant Paul Coleman below.
As police were rushing into the mall to find the shooter and to help the shoppers inside, firefighters were preparing for the worst outside. Jonah Lang is the apparatus operator for Clackamas County Fire District 1 Station 5 which sits just blocks away from Clackamas Town Center. Station 5 is responsible for mass casualty response. While Lang says they were ready to respond, they made sure they waited for the all clear before heading in.
Police and Firefighters from all over the area responded to the mall and the situation unfolded. Along with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office, officials from the State Police, Portland Police and the FBI all responded and needed to communicate. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Lieutenant James Rhodes is now the Police Chief in Wilsonville. That night he, along with Clackamas County Firefighter Brandon Paxton were the men reporters turned to for information about the situation. Something that didn’t always come easy.