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Nine Left Dead After Shooting at Omaha, Nebraska Mall

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Associated Press - December 5, 2007 4:53 PM ET

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say nine people are dead after a shooting at a shopping mall, including the man who opened fire and then apparently took his own life.

Five others were hurt, including two with critical injuries.

Police say the gunman was found dead on the third floor of the Von Maur department store.

As shots rang out, shoppers and employees ran, barricading themselves in dressing rooms, storage rooms, and offices. Some say they hid for at least a half-hour while hearing dozens of shots.

Police say they received a call about a shooter at about 1:45p.m., Central time, and arrived six minutes later.

A police spokeswoman says the shooter is believed to have used a rifle. They don't think he had any accomplices.

Most of the victims were inside the Von Maur store.