Mall That Was Scene of Shooting in Omaha Reopens With Tighter Security

With extra security on hand and holiday shoppers waiting at the doors, the Westroads Mall reopened Saturday morning, three days after a gunman killed eight people and himself at the mall's Von Maur store.

The store, however, remained closed. A spokeswoman said there is no timetable for its reopening, but the company hopes it will be soon.

Yellow holiday lights brightened Von Maur's exterior, but its main entryway remained dark.

Outside the mall, two Red Cross vans and a Salvation Army unit were set up near the food court entrance.

Early shoppers faced wind-chill temperatures of only two degrees above zero before trickling into the food court or the mall proper, even before most of the retailers had raised their security gates.

Mall security videotape released Friday shows Robert Hawkins entering the Von Maur department store Wednesday, leaving, then returning about six minutes later, clutching his midsection as if hiding something and stalking toward the elevators.

Police did not release video from the third floor where Hawkins fired the gun. But a still image taken from the videotape shows Hawkins with his sleeves rolled up, aiming his AK-47.