12/07/2007

Mall rampage over before Neb. police could engage shooter

By Nicholas Riccardi and DeeDee Correll
The Los Angeles Times
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OMAHA, Neb. Gary Joy was a poet at heart. Beverly Flynn wrapped gifts at the Westroads Mall because she relished the holiday buzz. Angie Schuster was in love and busy planning her future.

They and five others were killed Wednesday by a suicidal 19-year-old who sprayed the Von Maur department store with about 30 rounds from an AK-47 rifle he had stolen from his stepfather. The killer, Robert Hawkins, then turned the gun on himself.

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