Public invited to help mall victims

Donations, messages of hope collected; injured girl improves

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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The 15-year-old wounded in Tuesday afternoon's shooting at Clackamas Town Center has improved from serious to fair condition at OHSU Hospital in Portland.

Kristina Shevchenko, a Portland-area resident, was shot in the chest when gunman Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire in the mall. Roberts, 22, of Portland, killed two other people, then committed suicide.

A trauma surgeon at the hospital said Wednesday that Shevchenko is expected to make a full recovery. So far, more than $2,700 has been raised to support her medical care.

Anyone can donate at any Wells Fargo branch or online at http://wepay.com/donations/kristina-shevchenko to help pay Shevchenko's medical bills. People can also text 28594 with the word "support" in the message; a prompt will ask for the donation amount.

The mall was closed after the shooting and reopened Friday at 9 a.m.

Friday evening, the mall held a candlelight vigil for the victims and community. The public can share messages of hope and healing in memory books and on memorial stars in the food court from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this weekend. Grief counselors and Red Cross volunteers will be available in the food court.

People can send donations to assist the victims of the shooting through the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation in two ways:

• Mail checks payable to "CCPOBF," with "CTC Victim Fund" in the memo line, to P.O. Box 426, Oregon City, OR 97045.

• Donate funds at any branch of Clackamas Federal Credit Union.

All donations will go to the families of those killed or to Shevchenko.