Prayer Vigils in North South Omaha for Shooting Victims
Mayor Stothert: "These are senseless acts"Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE-Families are still in shock after a gunman shot down their loved ones Saturday afternoon.
"We are here to support you hold you up in this time and we give our condolences to the family," Pastor Bruce Williams told a group of about 75 Monday night.
The crowd gathered around 34th and F, near a memorial for one of the victims who died in the shootings.
At around 2pm Saturday, the two suspects were let inside the secured apartment complex at 31st & Hascall St. Witnesses say the gunman went straight up to the victim's 3rd floor apartment and shot him twice in the hallway. 31-year-old Aaron Anderson was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Authorities say Anderson and the unidentified suspect knew each other.
After shooting 3 others randomly, Omaha Police Officer Coral Walker shot and killed the gunman near F Street & Dahlman Ave. Anthony Vazanno was shot and killed while mowing a lawn and Pascual Bautista-Raymundo was found dead in an alley.
Among the mourners, Mayor Jean Stothert.
"My heart goes out to the families. They are grieving, just so sad, sad day for the entire community." she said.
Authorities say that Anderson was targeted by the suspect, but didn't disclose a motive. Police are still searching for the second suspect, who stole Anderson's 1995 Ford T-Bird with Iowa license plates BBH-574.
Police believe the gunman shot them, Anderson, and Angel Cabrera who are both still at the hospital. The gunman still has not been identified.
Meanwhile, in North Omaha a similar prayer vigil was attended by more than 50 people.
Somebody shot two teenagers, Brendon Ford and Dmarco Pope at a party early Sunday morning. Brandon's father says this is surreal for his family. They have not even seen their son's body yet.
Anthony Sealssays Brandon was a great kid, near the top of his class in grades and an athlete.
"The retaliation. It's got to stop somewhere and I don't want any retailiation. I want justice, but not retaliation. Let the courts settle it," Seals said
If you have any information on either of these shooting, call Crimestoppers at 402-444-7867.