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OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) -- Investigators probing the deadly mall shooting in Omaha have seized computers and are analyzing information on Web sites in the search for clues in the case, police said Thursday.

The 19-year-old gunman sent at least one text message to his former girlfriend, with whom he broke up about two weeks ago, Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren said.

Robert Hawkins also left a voice mail for his mother before killing eight people at a department store Wednesday.

He chose his victims randomly, police believe, then took his own life.

Hawkins visited a friend near the Westroads Mall before the shootings and apparently went directly to the shopping center after that meeting, Warren said.

Police don't yet know why Hawkins chose the mall or the Von Maur department store in particular, Warren said, adding only that the teen "may have frequented the Westroads Mall."
The incident itself appeared to be premeditated, as Hawkins left a suicide note and other correspondence, Warren said.
"Typically there are hints that something like this may take place," Warren said. "Certainly you can't anticipate someone engaging in this type of shooter rampage, but if there is any justification, any explanation," police will find it, he said.

"Apparently he had been experiencing some mental health problems, ideations of suicide."

Debora Maruca-Kovac -- a friend of Hawkins' family who was letting him live in her home -- found the suicide note just minutes before the shootings.
"He basically said how sorry he was for everything," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday. "He didn't want to be a burden to people and that he was a piece of s--- all of his life and that now he'd be famous."

Warren said the rifle used was an AK-47. Police haven't finished tracing the gun, but believe Hawkins stole it from his stepfather's home.

Security officers flagged Hawkins as suspicious when he entered the mall. He left soon after he entered, then returned less than six minutes later with something apparently hidden in a balled-up sweatshirt.

Mall fatalities
Gary Scharf, 48, customer

John McDonald, 65, customer

Angie Shuster, 36, employee

Maggie Webb, 24, employee

Janet Jorgensen, 66, employee

Diane Trent, 53, employee

Gary Joy, 56, employee

Beverly Flynn, 47, employee

He went up an elevator to the mall's third floor, then immediately began firing, ultimately turning the firearm on himself, Warren said.

"It doesn't appear as though there was an opportunity for intervention," Warren said.

Hawkins fired more than 30 rounds, the police chief said.

The shootings sent panicked holiday shoppers fleeing for cover.

"It was just so loud, and then it was silence," said witness Jennifer Kramer, who hid inside a circular clothing rack. "I was scared to death he'd be walking around looking for someone else." Watch how Kramer and her mother hid »

A friend of Hawkins' said he hadn't thought Hawkins was capable of such violence.

"He was the one guy, you know, if people would be getting in a fight he'd be trying to break it up," said Shawn Saunders, who had known Hawkins for about 2½ years. "If there were arguments amongst our friends or groups, he was kind of like the calm, cool and collected one." Watch how Saunders learned Hawkins was the shooter »

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said Hawkins had been a ward of the state for nearly four years, but he did not specify in what capacity. The state's custody ended in August of last year, Heineman said.

U.S. Army recruiters turned Hawkins down last summer when he tried to enlist, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday.

The source didn't want to be named because it is against the military's rules to discuss potential recruits. The reason for his rejection was unclear.

Heineman ordered that flags throughout the state be lowered to half-staff through Sunday.

The dead include six store employees and two customers, ranging in age from 24 to 66.

One store employee was in critical but stable condition Thursday and another had been upgraded from critical to serious, according to hospital officials.

Another person was still being treated Thursday afternoon, Warren said, but he did not specify whether the individual was a customer or employee. Two other customers had been treated and released, he said.

Westroads Mall remained closed Thursday, but the facility, including the Von Maur store, could reopen Friday.
 

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Yeah, right: "Now I'll be famous".

You POS, you'll be remembered as the pathetic loser that you were when you put that 7.62 x 39 bullet into your demented little brain.

You had every chance in the world to salvage your life. You had a bi tch of a childhood. I’m sorry, that sucks. You survived it. You got bounced around from house to house because no one wanted you. I'm sorry, that sucks. You survived it and you could have picked up the pieces and made a decent life for yourself.

Instead you decided that you and you alone, had the power and the right to kill eight fellow human beings, grievously wound others, and ruin the lives of scores of family and friends of the decent people you felt could elevate your puny status from "Loser" to "Murderer".

Good thinking, kid. Like you were the only geeky kid who had trouble going from a messed-up childhood to adulthood. The prisons of the world are filled with your ilk, as are the cemeteries. Elsewhere, however, there are good people who had just as hard a go of it as kids and used that terrible experience to steel themselves and their resolve to build a life and ensure that the same will never happen the their kids.

If there’s a hell, I hope yours is forever having to watch every parent, brother, sister, grandchild, cousin, uncle, aunt, friend, colleague, EVERYONE YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD THE RIGHT TO EXECUTE, explain to other loved ones why you thought you had the right to take these people away in order to make yourself feel better about being a self-pitying, pathetic, wretched, dismal, failure, who wouldn’t make a wart on a real man’s ass. You were right, you were a loser. But what in God’s name gave you the right to take a bunch of decent people with you? …guess you’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do…to God, huh?
 
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Yep, you're famous now. Not only did you hate yourself, but now the rest of the civilized world hates you, too.

Congratulations.
 

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Not famous. At best, infamous. Hopefully, a nonentity.
 

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gunrnr said:
Yeah, right: "Now I'll be famous".

You POS, you'll be remembered as the pathetic loser that you were when you put that 7.62 x 39 bullet into your demented little brain.

You had every chance in the world to salvage your life. You had a bi tch of a childhood. I’m sorry, that sucks. You survived it. You got bounced around from house to house because no one wanted you. I'm sorry, that sucks. You survived it and you could have picked up the pieces and made a decent life for yourself.

Instead you decided that you and you alone, had the power and the right to kill eight fellow human beings, grievously wound others, and ruin the lives of scores of family and friends of the decent people you felt could elevate your puny status from "Loser" to "Murderer".

Good thinking, kid. Like you were the only geeky kid who had trouble going from a messed-up childhood to adulthood. The prisons of the world are filled with your ilk, as are the cemeteries. Elsewhere, however, there are good people who had just as hard a go of it as kids and used that terrible experience to steel themselves and their resolve to build a life and ensure that the same will never happen the their kids.

If there’s a hell, I hope yours is forever having to watch every parent, brother, sister, grandchild, cousin, uncle, aunt, friend, colleague, EVERYONE YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD THE RIGHT TO EXECUTE, explain to other loved ones why you thought you had the right to take these people away in order to make yourself feel better about being a self-pitying, pathetic, wretched, dismal, failure, who wouldn’t make a wart on a real man’s ass. You were right, you were a loser. But what in God’s name gave you the right to take a bunch of decent people with you? …guess you’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do…to God, huh?


Well said my friend! Prayers go out from my family to the families of the slain!

Somehow these folks look outside themselves to explain their frustration. They just need to take a look in the Mirror for the answers and the solution. In my humble opinion.
 

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Dear Mutant,

Famous is fleeting. Being hated, scorned and reviled lasts forever. Now that you are sending enternity as some demon's sally in hell, how does you fame feel?

Burn you pathetic POS.
 
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I agree with all of these responses! How many people might have been saved if CCW holder were present? When asked why you want your CCW, "wanting to protect my fellow citizens" is just as valid as " i want to protect my life and family".

Sad thing is, there are so many places flying the "no CCW" stickers even a CCW permit carrier would have been helpless in that situation, since every mall I've seen won't let you carry.
 

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I agree with all of these responses! How many people might have been saved if CCW holder were present? When asked why you want your CCW, "wanting to protect my fellow citizens" is just as valid as " i want to protect my life and family".

Sad thing is, there are so many places flying the "no CCW" stickers even a CCW permit carrier would have been helpless in that situation, since every mall I've seen won't let you carry.
I mentioned it in another thread, with the exception of the Post Office and court buildings, CCW vs. No CCW has become a deciding factor in my shopping/buying habits. If a merchant tells me "You Cannot Carry in my Establishment", s/he is saying "We do not want citizens who have a document to prove that they have a clean criminal record and the desire to protect themselves and others, without compensation of any kind." Clearly s/he would prefer to have customers who have no such proof or commitment, ergo, s/he doesn't desire my business. With VERY few exceptions, I can usually find what I need elsewhere.
 

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gunrnr said:
tyler1171 said:
I agree with all of these responses! How many people might have been saved if CCW holder were present? When asked why you want your CCW, "wanting to protect my fellow citizens" is just as valid as " i want to protect my life and family".

Sad thing is, there are so many places flying the "no CCW" stickers even a CCW permit carrier would have been helpless in that situation, since every mall I've seen won't let you carry.
I mentioned it in another thread, with the exception of the Post Office and court buildings, CCW vs. No CCW has become a deciding factor in my shopping/buying habits. If a merchant tells me "You Cannot Carry in my Establishment", s/he is saying "We do not want citizens who have a document to prove that they have a clean criminal record and the desire to protect themselves and others, without compensation of any kind." Clearly s/he would prefer to have customers who have no such proof or commitment, ergo, s/he doesn't desire my business. With VERY few exceptions, I can usually find what I need elsewhere.
Yes sir Mr Gunrnr & Mr Tyler I am with you 100% on these statements. :-B-:



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Famous? I have already forgotten about him. However, my thoughts and prayers still go out to the families of the victims.
 
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Its to bad he didn't put the bullet in his head first. May god take NO mercy on his soul and let him burn in hell!!!!!
 
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