Woman who lost brother in mall shootings 10 years ago recalls details of the day

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For ten years now Deb Scharf has lived with waves of emotion after a deadly shooting spree at an Omaha mall.

"He was a positive bright soul, authentic," said Scharf, speaking about her brother Gary Scharf, who was one of eight people killed inside Von Maur at Westroads Mall on December 5th, 2007.

That day, a 19 year old gunman entered the store and fired shots from the third floor, and Deb says she'll always remember where she was and what she was doing when it all happened.

"I went to the gym, I'm watching on TV all of this coverage thinking those people will never be the same," said Scharf. "I just went through my evening and then the phone rang."

She says that tragic call came in 10:30pm.

Gary was later credited with making the first 911 call. Witnesses say he helped save lives.

"That's just who he was," said Scharf. "He always tried to help."

Gary's 19 year old son was among his devastated family members.

Gary's name now lives on, on a plaque inside Von Maur.

"He always tried to make everybody feel better and be better in some way," said Scharf.

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