- From the Press Box: Omaha teams tough on and off the court
This week, we saw tragedy hit close to home. A 19-year-old gunman walked into the Von Maur store at Omaha's Westroads Mall Wednesday and killed 8 people before turning the gun on himself and wounded five others. The news of the shooting spread like wildfire across the state and country. As a news reporter during the day at KFOR, I hadn't heard about the shooting until I went to pickup my daughter from school and heard KMTV simulcasting over Big Sports 590.
Radio, television, newspapers and the Internet were flooded with information about the gunman and how he walked and sprayed gunfire from an assault rifle onto innocent people. It's another one of those horrific shootings that now hit close to home. For us here in Lincoln, it was a wakeup call. It was 50 miles away and the entire nation was watching all the details unfold with the shooting in Omaha.
Families are grieving, a city is licking its wounds and the healing process is still in the early stages. Even some Lincolnites are mourning the loss of a Lincoln man, 48-year-old Gary Scharf, who was caught in the line of fire after he stopped by to pickup some gifts for family.
That night, the Creighton mens basketball team played 21st ranked Xavier in Cincinnati and had a moment of silence to remember the victims of the shooting. Omaha area high school basketball teams have been doing the same thing. While teams like Central, Bellevue West, and Creighton Prep have been dominating the courts, they, too, are remembering those who were killed in this awful event.
Sports are a way out of turmoil for most of us. But sometimes, it also needs to take a backseat to horrible events like the Westroads shooting. In my opinion, we tend to take things for granted. Live everyday to the fullest and don't miss one beat. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends mourning the loss of loved ones in the Von Maur shootings.