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Omaha World-Herald reporter reflects on covering Von Maur shooting

Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 09:42:04-05

Tuesday marks the 10-year anniversary of the Von Maur Shooting, which shook Omaha to its core. 

A gunman walked into the Von Maur department store and openef fire on customers who were Christmas shopping and employees doing their job. In total, he killed eight and then himself. 

Evening anchor sat down with Henry Cordes of the Omaha World-Herald to reflect on what it was like for Cordes to cover that frantic December day. 

"It was a day no one could forget," he said. "Just feeling numb what a horrible tragedy this was and it happened right around Christmas."

Cordes' job was to funnel all the bits and pieces of information coming into the World-Herald newsroom from a team of about 20 reporters and photographers at the scene at Westroads Mall. He remembers the only information police revealed was the number of victims. In the days following, the stories of the victims became his focus. 

"Every one had their own story that's really where the devastation really set in and there was just a pall over the city," Cordes said. "It was unbelievable the way the city rallied. They rallied around these families. They rallied around the police department. They rallied around the victim. It says a lot about the type of city Omaha is."