Gunman Kills Eight, Then Himself, At Omaha Mall

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Holiday shoppers were sent running and
screaming in fear at an Omaha shopping mall, after a man opened
fire Wednesday.
One man says he heard four or five rapid shots, and first
thought they were from a nail gun being used in construction work
at the mall. Shawn Vidlak says when people "started screaming
about gunshots," he grabbed his wife and kids and "got out of
there" as fast as they could.
A woman who was shopping at the Von Maur department store with
her 4-year-old daughter says she hid in a dressing room with four
other shoppers and an employee. She says her "knees rocked." She
says, "I didn't know what to do, so I just ran with everybody
One Von Maur employee says he heard a burst of five to six
shots, and then 15 to 20 more rounds. Keith Fidler says 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.
Another employee describes it as "general panic." She says,
"Everybody was scared, and we didn't know what was going on."
When the gunfire was over, police say, nine people were dead,
including the gunman -- who apparently took his own life. Five
others were wounded.
Shortly after the shooting, a group of shoppers came out of the
building with their hands raised. Some still held shopping bags.

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  • by Nicki Location: Mallie on Dec 6, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    My heart and prayers go out to the families. It looks like we're going to have to put metal detectors in our malls, and that is a shame. I just wished someone somewhere would have reached out to this boy and got him some help before all this happened. Maybe we as a society should stop thinking of people as weird or crazy, and try to find out what's behind their behavior. Yes, I know, we're all too busy, but maybe if we did listen a little more, no more innocent people would have to die. This is a sad world.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 6, 2007 at 05:14 AM
    This is so sad. What is this country coming too when people are safe enough to go shopping or for that matter safe in their own homes? People are just sick in the head these days! Hollywood glorifies violence so it comes to real life! Too many cannot tell reality from fiction! Rest assured with all the media attention that this is getting some other idiot will do it somewhere else!
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 5, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    What can one say to such a needless crime? The commentary this leaves on society is staggering. My heart goes out to each and every victim. My heart also feels for the police and rescue teams that have to clean the mess up. This will have a great affect on them, too. God be with all in Omaha.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    I would imagine that things would have turned out a little bit different if EVERYBODY in that mall had been packing a pistol. Until we go back to being a masculine society of people able to defend themselves at all times, this is going to continue to happen. "Somebody call the police!" WHY? "Because they have guns!" LOL!


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