Mall Gunman Photos Released

Police have killer's face, actions on videotape
By Michael O'Connor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2007 4:39 PM CST
This image taken from a video surveillance camera and released by the Omaha Police Department Friday Dec. 7, 2007 shows gunman Robert A. Hawkins walking into the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Wednesday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Images from surveillance videos showing Robert Hawkins, the 19-year-old who killed eight people, and then himself, at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday, were released by the authorities today, the AP reports. Three still images taken by mall security cameras show Hawkins walking into the mall seemingly unarmed, then with a concealed weapon beneath his clothes, and finally firing an AK-47.

In the images, Hawkins is revealed as shaggy-haired, wearing glasses, and dressed in a black zippered sweatshirt and black T-shirt, contradicting earlier reports that the gunman wore a camouflaged vest and had a buzz cut. Though the surveillance video has been helpful in detailing what happened on Wednesday, it still doesn't explain why, authorities noted.