UPDATE: Five Dead Including Gunman In Less Than 24 Hours
Omaha Police are investigating two sets of shootings in OmahaPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - A rash of violence leaves five dead, including a gunman, in less than 24 hours.
Sunday morning, Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer held a press conference to brief the public on an officer involved shooting in south Omaha, Saturday.
The first shooting occurred near 31th and Hascall around 2:03 p.m. Saturday. Two Hispanic men entered an apartment building. Before the men exited, a 31-year old man was shot and left in critical condition.
One of the suspects left in a vehicle belonging to the victim, the other suspect left on foot and is suspected of shooting three additional people before an Omaha police officer killed him.
The next three victims do not appear to have any connection to the shooter or his accomplice from the apartment building. Omaha police think the additional shootings may have been random.
Twenty minutes after the unidentified shooter left the apartments at 31st and Hascall, a second person is shot near 39th and south 33rd street, he is left in critical condition.
The suspect continued to walk around the area, witnesses told police, the man looked angry but they did not see a weapon.
A third shooting near 33rd and E Street left a 25-year old dead in an alley.
A fourth victim was trimming his yard near 34th and F Street around 2:30p.m. The 25-year old was shot and killed.
Omaha police officer Coral Walker was the first officer on scene and pulled up to the suspected gunman who was walking. Officer Walker says he saw the gunman with his hands near his stomach and not visible. Officer Walker yelled verbal commands, that's when the gunman turned and pointed a gun at Walker. The two engage in a gun battle and the suspect was hit.
Officer Walker and other officers attempted to approach the gunman and secure him. Police say the weapon was still in the suspects hands. The officers gave several commands to release the weapon, the suspect then turned toward Officer Walker. Walker fired additional shots at the suspect. The unidentified gunman died from his injuries.
Officer Walker is on paid administrative leave. Police found 45-caliber gun casings at each crime scene and on the deceased suspect.
Chief Schmaderer also addressed a second shooting overnight, that left two people dead. Police are still investigating both shootings and have not confirmed if they are connected. Chief Schmaderer says the overnight shooting near 22nd and Saratoga Street may have gang ties.
During the conference, Chief Schmaderer said in 2013, Omaha has suffered 19 homicides. "This is absolutely unacceptable. While violence is often times unpredictable, the Omaha police department does everything in its power to be in front of this violence," says Schmaderer.
He warns anyone who is attempting to commit violence; the police department will find those responsible. "For the very small percent of our population who want to shoot at others, remember that OPD does not stop its investigation the night of the incident and if you happen to escape apprehension we will continue to look for you."