Thoughts and prayers go out to those involved in the shooting at Omaha’s Westroads mall yesterday. Nine people including the gunman were killed in this senseless act of violence.

In a town like Omaha, which is a major metropolitan city, however still pretty small and close knit, everyone knew someone that was there. In my case I knew two at least that were in the building when it was evacuated. Not only that but I was pretty close to the situation as I work at one of the larger hospitals in Omaha where several patients were taken for treatment. A friend of mine also has a husband on the police force that was called to assist in the incident.

As I settle back in this morning the phone calls are still pouring in for updates. I can only imagine what those that were affected by yesterday’s events are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

For more information on the tragedy at Westroads mall, visit MSNBC.com.