OMAHA, NE – Police officers remained at the crime scene where 5 year-old Payton Benson died late into the night Wednesday. A stray bullet from a gun battle a block away killed Benson while she was eating breakfast in her home near 45th and Bedford just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“It makes me so mad. Right now, I'm going to keep it real with you, I want to go kill somebody right now. That's how mad I am,” said Massey Allen, a relative who was one of the first witnesses to arrive after the shooting.
As police investigated the blocks surrounding the crime scene, they also patrolled the area in an effort to deter retaliation following the shooting. People nearby said they’d had enough of the violence.
“We've started something that we can't fix. It’s something we can’t handle,” said Tyrone Douglas. “It was a big thing to us to have a blue rag in our pocket, red flag in our pocket, whatever,” he said.
Police said several people with guns were fighting a block away from Benson’s house with several guns.
“She didn't even know what life was yet. Like I said, it could have been my daughter and my daughter is just a couple weeks old,” Douglas said.
“I've got kids, and my mom lives over there. So I've got kids that play out there. It's time for a change of venue. I need to find them some extracurricular activities,” said Jamea Kellogg.
Police have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, hoping it will get anyone with information to step forward.
“No. Sad to say it, but it's not going to change. That's the way it is,” said Kellogg.
Benson was the daughter of Omaha City Councilmen Ben Gray’s nephew. He is expected to address the media Thursday afternoon.