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    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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    Re: man opens fire at Omaha mall

    Always sad to read that kind of news, it always comes down to, WHY!!!
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      Re: man opens fire at Omaha mall

      Originally posted by garager View Post
      it always comes down to, WHY!!!

      he left a note saying he wanted to go out in "style" i do not know what his real problems were but i it just seems to me that there are warning signs that some one is about to snap, and yet again the people who were closest to him not only failed him, but failed the victims of what this mans actoins
      9/11/01, never forget.

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      • #4
        Re: man opens fire at Omaha mall

        There probably were some warning sings but we only hear about the ones who don't get caught in time. I've been thinking about getting a carry permit which in CT I could probably get, but then I think what would happen if I was in such a situation? How do you know if you won't cause more harm? Sad thing is who he killed? Most likely regular folks either working or shopping not bothering anyone except this nut.

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        • #5
          Re: man opens fire at Omaha mall

          I think its a bold 15 minute statement, thanks to the media for broadcasting all these horrible/tragic way of killing. Yes we all know that these murderers are screwed up, so why don't they just take their own fricking life. No, because they need to make a statement, just like a terrorist, "I Can Kill".

          This sort of thing is sick.....
          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

          http://www.contractorspub.com

          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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