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

(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.'"