Police ID Shooter, Victim's Mother Speaks Out
Police say with the help of federal agencies, they were able to identify the suspect shot dead by police.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - Police have identified the man suspected of shooting four people and killing two during a shooting spree on June 15, 2013.
Police say 25-year old Jorge Abraham Zarazua-Rubio was on a shooting spree until he encountered Omaha police officer Coral Walker. Officer Walker and Zarazua-Rubio engaged in a gun battle near Dahlman and F Street in south Omaha, Zarazua-Rubio later died from his injuries.
Omaha police received help from the Mexican consulate to identify Zarazua-Rubio.
According Omaha consul, Jorje Espejel, anytime there is a crime involving a Latino or Mexican, the consulate becomes involved.
Espejel tells Action 3 News, Zarazua-Rubio's father identified his son's body. He lives in Minneapolis, his mother lives in Mexico. It’s unknown if Zarazua-Rubio lived in Omaha.
The consulate is assisting the family and making arrangements on whether or not to send the body to Mexico. The consul will have a conference with the family next Tuesday.
Police are still investigating what caused the shooting spree. Authorities say Zarazua-Rubio had ties to his first victim, 31-year-old Aaron Anderson, before going on to shoot three other random people he encountered that day.
Anderson and 46-year-old Angel Cabrera were critically wounded in the shootings. 25-year-old Anthony Vazzano and 25-year-old Pascual Bautista-Raymundo both died from gunshot wounds.
Anthony Vazzano’s mother broke her silence first on Action 3 News. Joni Vazzano says she feels sorrow for the family of Zarazua-Rubio because they are suffering the same loss. “When I see my son die, I don't see the man that killed him, I see the gun that killed him," says Vazzano. Knowing the identity of her son's murderer won't make healing easier for her family, but knowing who took Anthony’s life will give her some closure.
Police still want to speak to one witness who left in a vehicle from the first shooting scene at 31st and Hascall.
Anyone with information regarding the investigations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP (7867), www.omahacrimestoppers.ner, text OPD to 274637 or mobile app tip submit. Information could lead to a cash reward and you may remain anonymous.