A gunman who opened fire at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday afternoon turned his gun on himself after killing eight people and wounding nine others, according to local authorities. At a news briefing following the shooting at the Von Maur department store, Sgt. Teresa Negron of the Omaha Police Department said the person believed to be the gunman was dead and his identity had not yet been confirmed.

The New York Times:

Sergeant Negron said the police received a 911 call from someone inside the Westroads Mall on the west side of Omaha, and shots could be heard in the background. The first police officers arrived at the mall six minutes after the first call, she said, but by then the shootings were over.

KETV television in Omaha reported that the gunman left a suicide note that was found at his home by relatives. The television station, quoting a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the shooting, said the note indicated that the gunman wanted to “go out in style.”

The shootings broke the usually banal routine of holiday shopping. The gunman was said by some witnesses to have fired about 20 shots into a crowd at the Von Maur department store. Some customers and workers ran screaming from the mall, while others dived into dressing rooms to hide from the shooter.

“Can anybody make sense out of this?” one shopper tearfully told MSNBC after running out of the mall.

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