Ex-Roommate: Shooter Planned to Move to Hawaii

Might have been upset when plans fell through

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 12, 2012 5:46 PM CST

(Newser) – It's not much, but the Oregonian has tracked down an acquaintance of mall shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts who provides an inkling of what was happening in the 22-year-old's mind: The acquaintance, who lived with Roberts for a few months earlier in the year, said Roberts had recently sold all his possessions and was excited about a planned move to Hawaii. Then he called a few days ago to say he'd missed his flight.

  • "Asked whether Roberts may have been depressed and might have just snapped, (the acquaintance) replied, 'I think that's exactly what happened.'"

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