Omaha Mall Reopens Under Heavy Security

Van Maur store, where the shooter opened fire, remains closed
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2007 12:35 PM CST
An Omaha police car drives by an entrance to the Westroads Mall Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in Omaha, Neb. The mall was reopened Saturday after eight people were killed and five wounded in a shooting attack...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Omaha mall where 19-year-old Robert Hawkins unleashed his killing spree re-opened for business today under tighter security, the AP reports. “I came in here and I was wondering how I would feel about it,” the mayor said, “but I feel fine.” The Von Maur store where Hawkins actually opened fire remains closed indefinitely.

Greeting shoppers, the mayor promised a safe mall for shoppers and help for retailers trying to recapture holiday momentum. “We have a lot of officers on duty, and they will be on duty all day long,” he said. While there is no schedule for reopening the Von Maur store, a company spokeswoman said it would be soon.