Oregon police have identified the shooter in Tuesday night's shooting at a shopping mall shooting outside Portland. Authorities are saying they don't have a motive for the shootings just yet — that it was a random act of violence — but we stumbled across what appears to be his Facebook page and discovered, well, a lot of violent signs.
Jacob Tyler Roberts was 22 years old before he killed himself and two victims at Clackamas Town Center, and according to a Facebook profile of a very similar looking Jake Roberts who lives in Portland, he at least recently was attending the community college in that Portland suburb. The Facebook page lists "Shooting" among Roberts's interests, and notes that he was still in a relationship on the day of the shooting.
One of Roberts's profile pictures posted this year shows him happy enough with a young woman, but others may reveal that Roberts had an affinity for guns, and at one point he calls himself "an alcoholic." The image on the left was the most alarming picture we found. On face value it's just a young man firing a handgun at a makeshift target range. It's something a lot of kids probably do — Oregon is known for relatively light concealed weapons laws — but it also might help explain a predilection for firearms at a time when police are revealing very few details about their sweep of the suspect's home.
Before killing himself, Roberts declared "I am the shooter," which is what police are referring to him as. Here's a comparison of the mugshot they released and a photo on the Facebook page we found:
A few of the other photos available on this Roberts Facebook page were pretty bleak as well. His cover photo is Banksy-style street art:
And then you'll notice, on his left arm in his current profile picture, Roberts has a tattoo of what looks like a machine gun or an automatic weapon:
And this is his self-written "about me" blurb, where he self-identifies as an alcoholic:
Perhaps the most disturbing personal item of note here, though, is that "interest" right next to sushi:
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