gun nut kills eight after bush speech
from mirror uk: A crazed gunman shot eight people dead before killing himself in a crowded shopping mall last night – an hour after President [sic] Bush gave a speech nearby. Five others were wounded in the rampage, two critically. Though police suspected the gunman was acting alone, a second man wearing camouflage was arrested. Last week a grenade was found hidden behind a plant stand at the same mall.
photo shows man in handcuffs
from msnbc: A viewer photo shows a man in handcuffs after shots were fired inside the Von Maur store at Westroads Mall on Wednesday afternoon. A description of the shooter, broadcast over scanners, was that he was in an Army-green vest and was holding a rifle. The viewer’s photo showed a young man in [Army] fatigues surrounded by police and apparently in handcuffs. Police have not yet confirmed an arrest. It was reported by KETV crews that the man in fatigues was found under a bus bench. KETV NewsWatch 7’s Carol Kloss said she could see a man in cuffs and a black, hooded sweatshirt surrounded by police.
9 dead, including suspect, in omaha mall shooting
from ny daily news: A rifle-toting gunman went on a holiday murder spree in a crowded Nebraska mall Wednesday, killing eight shoppers. The killer, identified as Robert Hawkins, 19, left behind a note promising to “go out in style,” Omaha television station KETV reported. Hawkins, his hair in a military buzz cut, was reportedly wearing a camouflage vest and carrying a black backpack when he walked into the mall. It was the deadliest U.S. attack since a gunman left 32 people dead on the Virginia Tech campus in April, and the second mass shooting at a mall this year. Five people were killed and four wounded at a Salt Lake City mall in February, when police killed the gunman responsible. ‘Witnesses described the suspect as a man wearing Army fatigues or camouflage.’ [This reference has been purged from the New York Daily News article, but Google retained the ‘Army fatigues’ reference. The Army reference disappeared from the mainstream media quicker than a snowdrift in July. — Lori Price]
Two men arrested in military fatigues in shopping mall shooting spree — ‘Guys dressed in camouflage, with guns, leaving a school bus, acting suspiciously before the shooting. Earlier in December, a live grenade was removed from this shopping mall… It was completely random -witness [the shooting]’ (MSNBC live, 4:15PM EST 05 Dec 2007)
man guilty in grenade plot on shopping mall
from reuters: A man charged with plotting to set off hand grenades inside a shopping mall in what the FBI said he intended to be a “violent jihad” pleaded guilty in the case on Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Derrick Shareef, 23, of Rockford, Illinois, a U.S.-born convert to Islam, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Investigators said he had been under surveillance from the very beginning of his plotting and the public was never in danger.
update: shootings monthly cycle
from loren coleman: In the book, ‘The Copycat Effect‘, a clear anniversary cycle is noted in well-publicized shootings, which can serve a predictive function. Often these patterns follow a monthly cycle. Currently, there is a strong indication the shootings are following that specific model.
The Omaha mall shooting came exactly one calendar month after the school shooting in Finland, which was exactly one calendar month after the school shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. The last three months, remarkably, therefore, have had precisely four weeks to the day between each of these dangerous Wednesdays.