Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Horrible Scene

Luckily, I wasn't at Westroads Mall when the shooting happened. A single gunman, a 19-year-old, entered Von Maur department store and started shooting. Last I heard, 9 are dead, including the shooter by a self-inflicted wound. Several people are at area hospitals, two are in critical condition. The mall has been in a lockdown and probably won't open until tomorrow.

When I heard there was a shooting, my first thought was that someone had shot at President Bush, who was here to give a humanitarian award and attend a money-raising event. But, he had nothing to do with this shooting.

Please keep the families who are struggling with the loss of loved ones and the relief for the ones who are OK in your thoughts and prayers.

12 comments:

Chelle Y. said...

I had just read about that! That is so horrible! I keep thinking that most of the people killed were probably Christmas shopping! It breaks my heart!

Is this anywhere near you?

Kell said...

No, it's not that close, but it is off of one of the major roads in town. There are lots of popular restaurants around it and that mall parking lot is always packed.

The latest information is that this kid wanted "to go out in a blaze of glory."

That's just so sad.

Peggy said...

Wow! I'm glad you're okay. I'm still stunned that this happened in NEBRASKA!

Karen said...

It so scary that these things happen. I am just speechless. God bless the families who lost loved ones in this incident.

R.E.H. said...

Those random shooting acts really scare the hell out of me... is there no place safe in the world any more?

My thoughts go out to the victims families.

fiwa said...

When they were talking about the story on the news this morning several people were quoted as saying "It's just a big small town" and that reminded me of Jay's post, so I came to check and make sure you were ok. Glad you are, and I'm so sorry for all those poor people.

A. friend in the ozarks said...

I'm glad you all are safe. I knew the chances were minute that you and Al would have been involved in the mall incident, but I had to be sure...you're safe.

Chelle Y. said...

Blaze of glory? I am thinking that they should not even mention the idiot's name. Don't say anything about him, but only talk about the victims. People see that, and know that the media makes a big deal about the killer, that people get ideas to copy that.

I am so sick of these people! Really, it's so sad.

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Joel said...

I read about this incident(in the place where I live) and remembered that there is a person from Nebraska who frequented my blog!

My heart goes out to the families of the victims

katy said...

i so wish that all guns were banned.
thoughts and prayers to the families who have lost loved ones