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Address:Omaha, NE 68114, USA

Owner:Allison Shaw

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The Westroads Mall shooting was a mass shooting that occurred on December 5, 2007, at a Von Maur department store in Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. The gunman killed eight people and wounded four, two of them critically, before committing suicide.

Prior to the shooting
An hour before the rampage, The gunman's mother gave the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department his suicide note, which read: "I just want to take a few pieces of shit with me... just think tho, I'm gonna be fuckin famous [sic]."

Unarmed at first, the gunman entered the south entrance of the Von Maur department store at about 1:36 p.m. CST. After walking a short distance into the store, he scanned the area, turned around and left. Returning six minutes later through the same entrance, he proceeded directly to the elevator at his immediate right, this time with a Century WASR-10 (a commercial copy of the AKM (7.62×39mm) semi-automatic rifle) stolen from his stepfather's house, along with two 30-round magazines taped together, concealed in a sweatshirt. He took the elevator to the top floor.

Shooting
At approximately 1:43 p.m. CST, the gunman stepped out of the elevator on the third floor and opened fire. He killed eight people and wounded four others over the course of six minutes, before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head near the customer service desk. He fired more than 30 rounds, striking 12 people. Six were killed instantly, one died before reaching the hospital, and another died 45 minutes after reaching the ER of another hospital.