AP releases details from Omaha shooter's suicide note
The gunman who killed eight people in a mall shooting wrote that he â€śjust snappedâ€? in his hand-written suicide note released Friday.
Nineteen-year-old Robert Hawkins left the note at the Bellevue house where he lived before randomly opening fire at Omahaâ€™s Westroads Mall on Wednesday. He fatally wounded eight people before taking his own life.
Police released the three-page note, in which he shows love for his family and friends but contempt for his random victims, after The Associated Press made a Freedom of Information Act request.
Hawkins became a ward of the state and spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002.
People who knew Hawkins said he was a drug user and had a history of depression. According to court records, he underwent psychiatric evaluations.
About an hour before Wednesdayâ€™s shootings, Hawkins called Debora Maruca-Kovac, a woman who had taken him into her home, and told her he had written the suicide note, Maruca-Kovac said.
The Associated Press article has more details from the note and the names of the shoppers killed.
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