First images of Omaha mall shooter released
The Los Angeles Times reported that Omaha police released the first surveillance images of the 19-year-old shopping mall shooter Friday.
There were three images that were released just two days after Robert A. Hawkins walked into Westroads Mall in Omaha and killed nine people including himself.
KPTM FOX 42 of Omaha reported that the images showed Hawkins entering the mall wearing dark baggy clothes. The first shows him walking into the Von Maur department store unarmed. The second shows him walking in with an apparent bulge under his clothing. The third shows him with an AK-47 held up to his shoulder in a firing position.
"The shoppers killed were identified as Gary Scharf, 48, of Lincoln, and John McDonald, 65, of Council Bluffs, Iowa," the LA Times wrote. "The six employees killed were Angie Schuster, 36; Maggie Webb, 24; Janet Jorgensen, 66; Diane Trent, 53; Gary Joy, 56; and Beverly Flynn, 47, all of Omaha."
Hawkins had a history of trouble in his past. He had battle depression and drugs, as well as had recently broke up with his girl friend and lost his job.
He had spent time in and out of treatment centers and group homes after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002. He was released in 2006.
Hawkins left a suicide note, but it did not indicate why he had went to the mall and opened fire, Omaha police said. After taking his life it is unlikely the police will ever know the answer to that question.