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#1 10 years ago

OMAHA, Neb. - A man with a rifle opened fire at a busy department store Wednesday, killing eight people before taking his own life, in an attack that made holiday shoppers run screaming through a mall and barricade themselves in dressing rooms. Five more people were wounded, two critically.

Witnesses said the gunman fired down on shoppers from a third-floor balcony of the Von Maur store.

The gunman was found dead on the third floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his victims were discovered on the second and third floors, police said.

"My knees rocked. I didn't know what to do, so I just ran with everybody else," said Kevin Kleine, 29, who was shopping with her 4-year-old daughter at the Westroads Mall, in a prosperous neighborhood on the city's west side. She said she hid in a dressing room with four other shoppers and an employee.

Keith Fidler, a Von Maur employee, said he heard a burst of five to six shots followed by 15 to 20 more rounds. Fidler said he huddled in the corner of the men's clothing department with about a dozen other employees until police yelled to get out of the store.

Sgt. Teresa Negron said the gunman killed eight people, then apparently killed himself. His name was not immediately released, and authorities gave no motive for the attack and did not know whether he said anything during the rampage.

Police received a 911 call from someone inside the mall, and shots could be heard in the background, Negron said. By the time officers arrived six minutes later, the shooting was over, she said.

A witness, Shawn Vidlak, said he heard four or five rapid shots "like a nail gun." At first he thought it was noise from construction work going on at the mall.

"People started screaming about gunshots," Vidlak said. "I grabbed my wife and kids we got out of there as fast as we could."

Shortly after the shooting, which came three weeks before Christmas, a group of shoppers came out of the building with their hands raised. Some were still holding shopping bags.

President Bush was in town Wednesday for a fundraiser in Omaha, but left about an hour before the shooting.

The sprawling, three-level mall has more than 135 stores and restaurants, according to the Web site for General Growth Properties, the manager of the mall. It gets 14.5 million visitors every year, according to the Web site.

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#2 10 years ago

Yes I just heard. It doesn't surprise anymore. Last week a man went into Greenspoint mall and took a woman hostage but when the police got there before he could escape he shot and killed his hostage and himself. Maybe mr. Omaha was inspired.




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#3 10 years ago

maybe we should have stricter gun control laws, frickin NRA




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#4 10 years ago

If some of the people in the mall were packing, maybe they could have defended themselves, damn Anti-NRA loons.

Guns arn't the problem, people are.

My prayers go out to the victims families, and all those injured. To the dude who killed them, have fun rotting in hell ya bastard.


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#5 10 years ago

In hell, lol.

As for the crime, just another rampage. Getting pretty normal these days.




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#6 10 years ago

1st gun control mentioned in the second reply. not too shabby




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#7 10 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;4072672If some of the people in the mall were packing, maybe they could have defended themselves, damn Anti-NRA loons.

Guns arn't the problem, people are.

My prayers go out to the victims families, and all those injured. To the dude who killed them, have fun rotting in hell ya bastard.

Ban guns. Thats all people need to do. Shootouts in America is just a normal part of life now.




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#8 10 years ago
RevansFather;4072987Ban guns. Thats all people need to do. Shootouts in America is just a normal part of life now.

Banning guns isnt really going to help, you know. It will only make things worse for law abiding citizens and much better for criminals. Because if a criminal has nothing to fear if its forbidden for citizens to have firearms. But you know what they say, a picture says more then a thousand words. If someone has the intention of killing himself and/or other people he wil find a way to do so. If he cant get a gun on a legal way then he will get one on another way. Or he might just settle for a chainsaw/axe/etc. In the end its nothing more then a tool to help achieve the person's goals.




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#9 10 years ago

It’s crazy how people seem to be under the illusion that they’re safe from deranged people with nothing to lose. I guess they expect that everyone has something to lose, but not everyone does, and those are the most dangerous kind of people. For instance this thread resembles that shooting of 30 at the tech school just recently, which was another case of “I’m going into this, and I’m not coming out alive”.

Not much can be done about them, except being prepared. IE armed citizens. At this stage of the game, taking guns away from people would be paramount to attempting to reclaim everyones toaster oven, there are simply to many in existence, and circulation to effectively "take them back". The only viable option I see, is to proliferate more weapons and into the hands of stable, sensible people.




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#10 10 years ago

Well you guys can pack a picnic, for all I care but I won't be packing a gun.

"I will not carry a gun: no guns. I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch, I'll carry a tune, I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I'll even 'hari-kari' if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun."

The element of surprise is a crazyman's best weapon. There's no way even armed citizens can stop crazy if they don't see it coming. Arming the public will only make crazyman better prepared.