More than a million-dollars donated to victims of the deadly December shootings at an Omaha shopping mall has now been distributed — and the fund is being shut down. Kathy O’Hara, spokeswoman for the United Way in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says the money, more than 1.3 million dollars, has all been spent.
She says there were 12 original victims who were either killed or injured in the shootings at the Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall. The family members were also eligible for the money which she says was donated from the metro area but also from people across the country and around the world. O’Hara says the funds were put to use in a variety of ways.
She says the money went to things like short and long-term medical care, counseling and other professional services, funeral expenses, and scholarships and other educational expenses for children who were left behind when the caregiver died in the incident.
Police say eight people were shot to death and four others were wounded in the December 10th incident. The gunman, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins, also killed himself. One of the store employees who died was 36-year-old Angie Schuster, who grew up in Dubuque and graduated from U-N-I.
Another Von Maur worker who survived the shootings, 61-year-old Fred Wilson of Omaha, is a Monroe native and a retired Iowa teacher. Another Iowan, a shopper, was killed: 65-year-old John McDonald of Council Bluffs.