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Police: Ore. mall shooter used stolen rifle

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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Police: Ore. mall shooter used stolen rifle

By RACHEL LA CORTE and STEVEN DUBOIS Associated Press The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:34 PM EST

This photo provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department shows Jacob Tyler... (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff's Department)

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

As panicked shoppers fled for cover, workers ushered some into hiding places within stores, or helped them to the exits.

.The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the shooter managed to get it working again. He later shot himself. 

 He fatally shot Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, and Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, the sheriff said. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, was wounded and in serious condition Wednesday, police said.

On average, there are about 20 mass murders every year, and the trend has been steady since the 1970s, said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston and author of five books on mass murder.

The typical mass murderer is a socially isolated white man in his 30s or 40s. He has no criminal record, but his life has been marked by failure and frustration, and he decides that his family, boss or co-workers must pay with their lives, Fox said.

"The rarest form of mass murder is the completely random shooting," Fox said. "Those perpetrators tend to be younger (in their 20s). They are more likely to have profound mental health issues, as opposed to the older guy who is quite sane, knows exactly what he is doing, and just decides that life is miserable."

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