Fred Wilson, a survivor of the 2007 Von Maur shootings at Westroads Mall, was among many displaced by a fire Friday night at a southwest Omaha apartment building.
“At this point, he thinks he lost everything,” the Rev. Jane Florence of First United Methodist Church said Saturday.
Wilson was able to save one of his two cats. He's left only with the clothes he was wearing.
Wilson underwent multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy after the shooting five years ago in the department store, where he still works part time. That shooting left eight people dead — plus the 19-year-old shooter, who killed himself. Several others were wounded.
Wilson often has spoken publicly about the shooting, offering a message of forgiveness.
First United Methodist Church, where Wilson is a member, will offer assistance when he's ready, Florence said Saturday.
“Today is not the day he needs to start accumulating things,” she said.
While the loss of his possessions is difficult, she said Wilson is thankful to be alive. “He's being typical Fred — grateful for his life,” Florence said.