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Nine killed in shooting at Omaha mall, including gunman

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Nine killed in shooting at Omaha mall, including gunman

Post by shammy on Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:29 pm

6th December,2007

(CNN) -- A 19-year-old gunman who killed eight people and then himself Wednesday at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, left a suicide note, police said.

Five other people were injured, and two of them were in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Chief Thomas Warren of the Omaha Police Department called the shooting "premeditated," but said it "appears to be very random and without provocation."

Surveillance cameras may have captured the shooting, Warren said.

"We'll be here throughout the night; it's a very extensive crime scene," he said.

Police identified the gunman as Robert A. Hawkins of Nebraska.

They have recovered an SKS assault rifle and the suspect's vehicle.

Debora Maruca Kovac, Hawkins' landlord who found the suicide note, said he wrote he was sorry for everything and did not want to be a burden to anyone any longer.


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Re: Nine killed in shooting at Omaha mall, including gunman

Post by shammy on Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:13 pm

9th December,2007

Services to begin for Omaha mall victims

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Visitations, wakes and vigils were set to begin Sunday for several victims of the deadliest mall shooting on record in the United States.

However, some people grieved Saturday at the Westroads Mall, where three days earlier eight people were fatally shot by a suicidal teenager.

"I come out here almost every morning, and (today) it was kind of just an eerie feeling of, I don't know, quiet," said Marge Andrews, 49, who regularly walks the mall with a friend. She and her husband John, 51, came Saturday to buy Christmas presents - sporting goods for their sons, volleyball clothes for their daughter.

"It doesn't feel like a Christmas feeling," John Andrews said.

The Von Maur department store, where 19-year-old Robert Hawkins opened fire with an AK-47 before taking his own life, remained closed.

A makeshift memorial had been assembled at its inside entrance. Wreaths were mounted on tripods just outside the doors and a note from management said the store will reopen soon. No date was given.

Police acknowledged there was extra security in the area but said they couldn't discuss specifics. Mall security guards were unarmed.

Hawkins' family released a statement to The Associated Press through the Rev. Mark Miller of Faith Presbyterian Church in La Vista in which they said they hope the community can heal. Services had not yet been arranged for Hawkins.

Funerals for several victims were scheduled for Monday.

Separate visitations for Von Maur department store employees Janet Jorgensen, 67, Gary Joy, 56, and Dianne Trent, 53, were scheduled for Sunday in Omaha, while another was planned that day for John McDonald, 65, in his hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa.


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