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Robert Hawkins
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Background information
Birth name Robert Arthur Hawkins
Born (1988-05-17)May 17, 1988
RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, U.K.
Died

December 5, 2007(2007-12-05) (aged 19)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Cause of death Suicide by gunshot
Parents Ron Hawkins (father)

Molly Hawkins (mother) Candace Hawkins (step-mother) Unknown (step-father)

Attack information
Date December 5, 2007
1:43pm - 1:49pm (UTC-6)
Location(s) Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Killed 8
Injured 4
Weapon(s) WASR 10 7.62x39mm semi-automatic rifle

Robert Arthur Hawkins was an American who killed eight people and wounded four others at the Von Maur department store in the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, United States on December 5, 2007, before committing suicide.

Background Edit

Final Messages Edit

Suicide Notes Edit

On December 7th, police released suicide notes written by the shooter. The first note was addressed to family, the second was addressed to friends, and the third contained his will.[1] In these notes, he writes, "It seems this is my only option. I know everyone will remember me as some sort of monster but please understand that I just don't want to be a burden on the ones that I care for my entire life. I just want to take a few peices [sic] of shit with me."

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Note addressed to family.

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Note addressed to friends.

Two weeks after the shooting, another suicide note, which had been stuck in a bookcase in the home where Hawkins had been staying, was found: "Nothing ever seems to work for me. And I know that nobody will ever really understand. I am always in debt, and I probably always will be. I'm not going to lie and say I'm not afraid. But whatever happens I know it can't be too bad when you die. Just please, I don't want Kaci or her family to know what I've done." [2] It was determined that this note was probably written before the other three, as this note implies that he was not planning to commit mass murder.

Personal Goodbyes Edit

The day of the shooting, Hawkins sent many personal messages. In a voicemail to his mother, he says, "Hi, Mom. It's me. I just wanted to let you know that I love you. Um, I'm sorry for everything. I'll see you later. Bye."[3] He sent identical text messages to ex-girlfriend Kaci and a former co-worker whom he had begun seeing recently. In these messages, he claimed that he loved her [respectively], that he was sorry for everything, and that he was going to go have a "standoff". [2]

Shooting Edit

VictimsEdit

  • Beverly Flynn, 47
  • Janet Jorgensen, 66
  • Gary Joy, 56
  • John McDonald, 65
  • Gary Scharf, 48
  • Angie Schuster. 36
  • Dianne Trent, 53
  • Maggie Webb, 24

Those wounded were:

  • Fred Wilson, 61, Shot in the chest
  • Micheale (Micky) Oldham, 65, Shot in the back and stomach
  • Jeff Schaffart, 34, Shot in the arm and hand
  • Mandy Hyda, 34, Struck in the leg by a bullet fragment

Two other people also suffered non gunshot related injuries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Omaha Gunman Suicide Notes, The Smoking Gun (December 7, 2007)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Everyone Will Remember Me as Some Sort of Monster", Rolling Stone, (August 21, 2008)
  3. A Mother's Worst Nightmare, Dr. Phil Show, (January 7, 2009)

External Links Edit

Documents Edit

  1. Suicide Notes, released December 7 2007 by The Smoking Gun
  2. Review of juvenile court records
    1. May 3 2002 Richard Young Center staff log
    2. May 8 2002 Richard Young Center staff log
    3. May 9 2002 Richard Young Center doctor’s note
    4. May 10 2002 Richard Young Center staff log
    5. May 14 2002 Richard Young Center safety plan
    6. September 14 2002 petition filed at Doc. 8002 No. 560
    7. September 25 2002 court transcript
    8. January 29 2003 court transcript
    9. March 19 2003 HHS court report
    10. March 26 2003 court transcript
    11. September 19 2003 HHS court report
    12. September 22 2003 Cooper Village progress report
    13. October 20 2003 court transcript
    14. March 25 2004 HHS court report + Uta Halee/Cooper Village progress report
    15. August 31 2004 HHS court report
    16. September 21 2004 letter to court from HHS-ICCU case manager Angie Pick
    17. September 23 2004 court transcript
    18. November 2 2004 HHS court report + letter to court from HHS-ICCU case manager Angie Pick
    19. November 4 2004 court transcript
    20. December 17 2004 HHS court report
    21. December 22 2004 court transcript
    22. April 11 2005 Cooper Village substance abuse evaluation performed by Poulos & Moore
    23. April 13 2005 HHS court report + ICCU letter to court
    24. April 14 2005 court transcript
    25. July 8 2005 HHS court report
    26. July 11 2005 HHS court report
    27. July 13 2005 court transcript
    28. October 25 2005 HHS court report
    29. September 2005 Lutheran Family Services monthly report + CID report
    30. November 22 2005 HHS court report
    31. December 9 2005 HHS court report
    32. December 9 2005 Case plan and progress report
    33. December 12 2005 HHS court report
    34. December 12 2005 court transcript
    35. March 28 2006 HHS court report
    36. March 29 2006 court transcript
    37. April 13 2006 ABH evaluation
    38. May 1 2006 court transcript
    39. August 17 2006 HHS court report + ABH discharge summary
    40. August 18 2006 letter from father Ronald Hawkins
    41. August 21 2006 court transcript

Documentaries Edit

  1. Omaha Mall Shooting: A Mother's Guilt (January 2009), Dr. Phil Show
  2. Evil Lives Here: Something Is Different About Robbie (January 2016), Investigation Discovery

Books Edit

  1. 35 Minutes and Counting (November 2011), Micky Oldham

Other Edit

  1. Voicemail to mother
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