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Mall Suspect Sent Message Before Shooting

November 21, 2005

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ A man accused in a shooting spree at a crowded shopping mall sent a text message to his ex-girlfriend minutes before the rampage, saying: ``Today is the day the world will know my anger,″ the woman said Monday.

Tiffany Robison, Maldonado’s former girlfriend, told ABC’s ``Good Morning America″ that he sent the message shortly before noon Sunday.

Dominick Sergio Maldonado, 20, opened fire with an assault rifle at the Tacoma Mall and took three people hostage in a music store, authorities said. Six people were hurt, one critically.

``I think honestly that he just wanted attention. It’s the sick attention that he wanted,″ Robison said. The couple broke up months earlier ``because of an issue with a drug,″ she said.

Bret Strickler, who said he was Maldonado’s best friend, told The Seattle Times he received a similar text message while Maldonado was allegedly holding the hostages. ``The world will feel my anger,″ Strickler said the message read.

Maldonado was jailed on $450,000 bail on assault and kidnapping charges. He awaited a court hearing Monday afternoon.

Court records show Maldonado has an extensive juvenile criminal history dating to 1998. He has been convicted of burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools, the Times reported.

Maldonado surrendered about four hours after he ducked into a music store, and the hostages were released unharmed, police said.

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