Police Investigating Four Shootings In South Omaha
By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Jun 15, 2013
Omaha, NE -- Two people are dead and two more are fighting for their lives after four separate shootings.
All of the shootings happened in 30 minutes in South Omaha.
"It makes no sense to me," said Brad Rezac, who lives nearby. "People running around with guns shooting other people just makes no sense at all."
It started just after 2 p.m. on Hascall Street. Officers rushed to the area to find a victim suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to Alegent Creighton in critical condition.
Just minutes later, there was another shooting.
This time, it was on S. 33rd Street, which is one mile from the crime scene on Hascall St.
That victim is also in critical condition at the hospital.
Just blocks away, on 'E' Street, there was a third shooting and a third victim. That victim died on the scene.
Liset Valencia lives in the neighborhood, and her children play on this street.
Valencia said she can't imagine what could have happened if children had been outside.
"You get that fear what if my son would have been there at the time and my daughters would have been there," said Valencia. "There would have been a lost bullet because of other people's dumb actions."
Omaha Police said a citizen gave a description to officers and then followed the suspect, who was running from the 'E' Street shooting.
An officer in the area responded to Dahlman Avenue and 'F' Street and confronted the suspect.
That is when gunfire broke out.
Police said the suspect and the officer were shooting at each other. The suspect was hit and later died.
Neighbor Brad Rezac said he heard about 10-15 shots.
"You hear them once in a while, usually off in the distance," said Rezac. "You see it on the news. You know it's everywhere, but being this close makes you realize it can anywhere. You just have to watch out. It can happen anywhere."
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer will hold a press conference about the officer involved shooting on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.