'I've Just Snapped,' Writes Mall Shooter

He apologizes to family in suicide note
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 7:02 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 inside the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. Wednesday Dec....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Omaha mall gunman apologized to family and friends in a suicide note released today and says he "just snapped" before killing eight people and himself in a shopping mall, the AP reports. "I know everyone will remember me as some sort of monster but please understand that I just don't want to be a burden," wrote Robert Hawkins, 19. "I just want to take a few pieces of (expletive) with me."

Hawkins wrote that he was unable to "take this meaningless existence anymore" and described himself as "a constant disappointment." He expressed his love for several people, including "mommy" and "dad," to whom he offered his car on a separate page. And while he refused to blame friends who disowned him, he added: "Just think tho I'm gonna be (expletive) famous."