Police: Friend of Omaha Mall Shooter Arrrested For Threat

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A friend of the teenage gunman who shot and killed eight people in a Nebraska mall earlier this week has been arrested.

Police say the friend threatened to kill a teenage girl who had made remarks about gunman Robert Hawkins that offended his friend.

Police say the teen -- arrested yesterday -- is being held in a juvenile detention center on suspicion of making terroristic threats. Police found a rifle and two shotguns at the teen's house, weapons he was able to access.

Nine people, including the gunman, were killed in Wednesday's shooting. Police say they have found no connections between Hawkins and the six employees and two shoppers he killed.

State authorities in Nebraska say there were no red flags when they released Robert Hawkins, the gunman in the Omaha mall shootings, from state care in 2006. Hawkins had spent four years in treatment centers, group homes and foster care. An official says the system did not fail to provide appropriate services.

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