Omaha Mall Shooting- At Least 9 Are Dead!!
The gunman- Robert Hawkins -had just been fired from McDonalds.
Omaha television station KETV obtained a yearbook picture of Robert Hawkins who murdered 8 shoppers today at a mall in Omaha. (WGCL)
It took authorities 6 minutes to get to the mall.
14 people are injured- 9 are dead- 2 in critical condition.
The shooter was perched on an upper floor shooting down on the shoppers.
The shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Shoppers and employees who were inside the Von Maur store at the Westroads Mall when a gunman opened fire, await news in the frigid weather, in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Police locked down the shopping center while they searched for the shooter. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
At least one person was killed and five people reportedly wounded Wednesday afternoon by a lone gunman who shot up the largest shopping mall in Omaha, Neb.
FOX News confirmed that a gunman was taken into custody and that police are not searching for additional suspects.
Andrea McMaster, a spokesperson for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, told FOX News that three shooting victims were being treated: A 61-year-old man shot in the chest, a 34-year-old man shot in the arm, and a 55-year-old man with a cut to his face. The 61-year-old man was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.
Investigators are still working in the mall.
7 individuals were transferred to local hospitals.
Several are in surgery at this time- 2 have since died upon arrival at the hospital.
7 were dead at the scene.
Michelle Malkin notes that a grenade was found at this same mall last week.
FOX News just reported (4:40 PM CST) that police have removed a grenade from the parking lot- it is the same grenade that Michelle reported on.
WOWT also has live coverage from Omaha.
UPDATE: (4:50 PM CST) Shootings linked to Sarpy County man— Channel 6 News has confirmed that a 19-year-old Sarpy County man left a suicide note this afternoon stating, “I’m going out in style.” That man’s vehicle was found in the mall parking lot.
UPDATE 2: WOWT– Robert Hawkins of Sarpy County as the alleged shooter.
UPDATE 3: KETV– Hawkins, 19, had been arrested on a couple of misdemeanors in November and was due in court this month. One charge included minor in possession of alcohol. He was arrested on Nov. 24… He had just learned that he was fired from McDonald’s.
A Douglas County officer guards the parking lot of the Westroads mall following a shooting at the Von Maur store in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. A man with a rifle opened fire at the store, killing eight people before taking his own life. Five more people were wounded, two critically. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
National Terror Alert is tracking the story.
The Jawa Report has more on Hawkins.
UPDATE 4: The AP is now reporting that 10 are dead.
UPDATE 5: The Omaha police just said that 9 are dead. 5 are women. 2 are in critical condition. The suspect’s vehicle was discovered.