Wednesday, December 05, 2007

KETV Report on Westroads Shooting

"Omaha police said nine people were dead, including the alleged shooter, after shots were fired inside the Von Maur store at Westroads Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Fourteen more were injured, two critically, police said.

Sgt. Teresa Negron said there are nine fatalities. She said officers found the suspected shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Negron could not describe the shooter, but said he was a male. Negron said most of the victims were inside Von Maur."

Unbelievable tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, as well as my hopes for a speedy recovery to those injured. Hard to believe it could happen here in Omaha, particularly so close to my own home (I live less than a mile from the scene, but was still at work at the time). Every available police officer in the city was sent with the first arriving on the scene in under six minutes from the first report, but as with any such event, they arrived far to late to stop and apprehend the shooter before they ended their own life.

Terrible, terrible day here in the Heartland.

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