The 19-year-old gunman who killed eight people and himself in a busy Omaha shopping mall today had been fired from his job at McDonald's hours earlier after being accused of stealing $17, the Omaha World-Herald reports. Robert A. Hawkins, who opened fire on afternoon shoppers with a rifle, left a suicide saying he would be "going out in style," police told WOWT-TV.
Hawkins, who dropped out of high school last year, had been homeless briefly but was staying with friends before the shooting. "He called very upset and said he'd gotten fired from his job," a friend told WOWT-TV. Five people remained injured in today's shooting, which sent hundreds of terrified shoppers fleeing from Westroads Mall.