Jacob Roberts, 22, wore a hockey-like face mask and opened fire on holiday shoppers Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, Oregon. He killed two people and then took his own life.
Roberts Facebook page led to an interview with Brittany Curry, 21, who claims to have dated Roberts for five months last year. She said Roberts told her that his mother died at childbirth and he never met his father; that he left his maternal aunt’s home at age 14. According to Curry, Roberts wanted to be a firefighter and was taking classes at Clackamas Community College.
Roberts Facebook interests lists “shooting” as one of his 10 interests, along with camping, sleeping, rafting, BMX, sushi and spending money. He had been working as a cook at Big Bertha’s gyro eatery in Portland for more than two years. He commented about his job on Facebook: “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.”
Authorities continue to interview witnesses and further investigate this incident.