First of all my heart goes out to the victims and their families of this senseless tragedy on 5th Dec 2007. I hope that the families can eventually somehow find some peace.
Frankly speaking Omaha Shooting Should Not Have Happened.
Mental illness is real and needs to be dealt with better. Not everyone can adapt to society's rules. The competitive pressure is killing everyone. Lastly,
Nobody should carry a weapon except for trained military and police.
Robert Hawkins-Mental Illness
Robert Hawkins, the man who opened fire at holiday shoppers at Omaha department store, killed eight and then himself, spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002. Finally, in August 2006, social workers, the courts and his father all agreed: It was time for Robert Hawkins to be released - nine months before he turned 19 and would have been required to leave anyway
Hawkins was kicked out by his family about a year ago and moved in with a friend's family in a house in a middle-class neighborhood in Bellevue, a suburb wedged between Offutt Air Force Base and the Missouri River, said Debora Maruca-Kovac, who along with her husband took in Hawkins, a friend of her sons
Hawkins was fired from his job at a McDonald's this week and had recently broken up with his girlfriend. She said he phoned her telling her that he had left a note for her in his bedroom. She tried to get him to explain
She retrieved the suicide note, in which Hawkins wrote that he was "sorry for everything," would not be a burden on his family anymore and, most ominously, "Now I'll be famous."
It was the second mass shooting at a U.S. mall this year. In February, nine people were shot, five of them fatally, at Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City. The gunman, 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic, was shot and killed by police.
The Von Maur store is part of a 22-store Midwestern chain. The sprawling, three-level mall has more than 135 stores and restaurants. It gets 14.5 million visitors every year