A SHOOTING broke out at the Westroads mall with an “unknown number of people” injured with police on the hunt for two suspects.
Authorities say the suspects have fled the scene and are allegedly still at large.
Where is Westroads shopping mall?
The Westroads shopping mall is located in Omaha, Nebraska.
Leigh Waldman from WOWT6 News tweeted on April 17 that there had been “several calls about an active shooter.”
“Right now police cannot confirm, only that there is an active scene,” she said.
Twitter account Omaha Scanner said that a “number of shots” had been fired outside of the JC Penney’s in the area.
Officials say this is potentially an active shooter situation and people should stay away from the area.
Chief Dep. Hudson with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says there are multiple units searching the mall.
How many people have died in the Westroads shooting incident?
Police dispatchers confirmed there is at least one victim in critical condition, reported KETV7.
Authorities are instructing cars entering the mall’s parking lot to turn around, while one man trying to park “told an officer he’s looking for his daughter,” said Jessica Wade from the Omaha World-Herald.
Police are searching for two suspects according to the outlet.
Reports of an active shooter comes right after the mass shooting at a FedEx in Indianapolis that left 8 people dead.
What have people said about the Westroads shooting?
Social media users took to Twitter to relay their horror at the scenes unfolding at the Westroads Mall.
“I was walking through Flagship Commons at Westroads Mall about 10 minutes ago when a crowd of people began screaming, running toward exit. I did not hear any noises that would indicate why they were running, but there was fear and panic. Things were getting pushed over in rush,” one user wrote.
“I can’t go in to The Container Store at Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE due to reports of an active shooter. I’m FINE. I never even got out of my car. But seeing people run to their cars is unsettling. America, you’re broken,” another said.
“I’m sick to my stomach. I go to Westroads all the time for lunch. Had considered it today. When there, I often think of the 2007 shooting. And now another,” one tweeted.
“Seems like Westroads is our Mecca for shootings,” another declared.
What happened in 2007 Westroads Mall shooting?
On December 5, 2007, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins opened fire with a rifle at the Von Maur department store in Westroads killing eight people before taking his own life.
The attack had holiday shoppers “run screaming through the mall” and “barricading themselves in dressing rooms.”
Hawkins left a suicide note at the suburban house where he lived before he shot his victims at the store.
“I know everyone will remember me as some sort of monster, but please understand that I just don’t want to be a burden on the ones that I care for my entire life,” he said.
“I just want to take a few pieces of (expletive) with me.”
Hawkins was a troubled teenager who spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002, reported the Denver Post at the time.
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He had broken up with his girlfriend and lost his job at McDonald’s before the shooting.
“I’ve just snapped. I can’t take this meaningless existence anymore I’ve been a constant disappointment and that trend would have only continued.” Hawkins added, “I love you mommy. I love you dad,” and expressed love for several other people.
“Just think tho I’m gonna be (expletive) famous,” he wrote.