Robert A. Hawkins
There was one feeling that was saturating Robert Hawkins on the morning of the 5th of November, 2007.
Never considered an attractive kid, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins, a high-school dropout, was a state ward as of the 17th of September, 2002, had a crappy job at McDonald’s and a bad case of acne.
Finding it difficult to live with his mother and stepfather, Robert Hawkins’s parents kicked him out of their Omaha home.
Robert Hawkins was most recently living with some friends at their parent’s house in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Debora Maruka-Kovac, the mother of Robert Hawkins’s friends and his landlord, said she took Hawkins in because he had emotional issues and she wanted to provide him a safe place to stay.
He was very troubled. I had no idea this troubled. I just can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. He’s a friend of my son’s from school. He’s living at a couple of different places. We took him in. We had two boys. We thought: what was one more if we could help?
He enjoyed hunting, as many Nebraskan kids do.
He also had problems controlling his temper, as outcast-types with no anchor tying them to the rest of society sometimes do. Robert Hawkins had a prescription for and was taking antidepressants.
As life rolled on, with no real prospects for a bright future, and no direction, Robert Hawkins began making worse and worse choices.
On the 24th of November, 2007, Robert Hawkins was arrested on a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. His scheduled arraignment was on the 19th of December.
He didn’t make it.
McDonald’s decided that Robert Hawkins wasn’t “arch material” and let him go. Why they did this is still unknown, as McDonald’s management has refused to comment, but the importance of employee background checks to reveal possible security risks is fairly well illustrated in this instance.
Robert was not pleased by this. Not at all.
Upon learning of his termination on the morning of the 5th of November, Robert Hawkins was visibly upset, according to Debra.
He said he’d gotten fired and was pretty upset and said, ‘This is the only way,’ and we tried to talk to him. He was just a very troubled. I had no idea that he was this troubled. I don’t know if it was because he got fired from McDonald’s.
Well, Robert Hawkins had a stolen assault rifle that he had taken from stepfather. Debra had seen the rifle on the night of the 4th of December, but thought nothing of it, thinking that Robert and her kids were going to go out hunting the next day.
After leaving a note for his landlord, explaining that he didn’t want to be a burden to people, that “I’m a piece of shit and now I’m going to be famous,” and that he wanted to “go out in style,” Robert Hawkins and his rifle got into his car and drove for a bit.
They drove to the Westroads Mall in Omaha, which is situated right off the 680 freeway where it meets Dodge Street.
Once there, at about 20 minutes until 2 in the afternoon, Robert Hawkins and his rifle walked into Von Maur, an upscale department store.
His rifle was nicely wrapped in a sweatshirt as he took the elevator to the third floor of Von Maur, which features children’s clothing, customer service and underwear.
As Robert Hawkins took the sweatshirt off his rifle, it might have been the first time anyone ever took him seriously. Brandishing a gun tends to make people take you seriously, which is why they’re so often used by weak, pathetic individuals to force other people to accede to their demands.
After all, can you imagine Robert Hawkins going into a department store without a gun, and anyone quaking in their boots when he passed by?
Robert Hawkins demanded attention, and for six minutes he got it, as he walked through the third floor of Von Maur, firing indiscriminately at targets of opportunity, going through two 30-round magazines.
He wasn’t a particularly accurate marksman, only hitting 14 people and killing 8 of them – but I’m sure that tidbit of information isn’t especially comforting to the families of the people Robert Hawkins’s adolescent temper tantrum took away from them.
As with most cowards, Robert Hawkins didn’t dare face the music when his temper tantrum was over.
Robert shot himself before police showed up on the scene, too pathetic and scared to live another moment.
Does Robert Hawkins deserve Hell?
- Yes (64%, 1,110 Votes)
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