Thursday, January 06, 2011

Robert Butler Jr.


Friends say Omaha school gunman was fun, outgoing - OMAHA, Neb. - An angry online posting from the 17-year-old boy who opened fire at a Nebraska high school, killing an assistant principal before later fatally shooting himself, offers some clues about why the son of a police detective turned violent a couple of months after transferring there. Butler posted a rambling message on Facebook shortly before the shooting about his unhappiness with his new school, but he didn't supply many details. Instead, the expletive-laced note predicted Butler's friends would hear about the "evil things" he was about to do. Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes provided no details on the weapon Butler used or how he obtained it. Butler's father is a detective for the Omaha Police Department. Investigators were interviewing the seven-year veteran Wednesday to learn more about what may have led to the shooting. 15-year-old Justin Reynolds, said he and his older brother used to hang out with Butler at a local skate park. "He was always trying to make a joke," Reynolds said. "No matter what mood someone was in, he was always trying to make them feel better."
- JOSH FUNK

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