Omaha police are investigating three shootings, including two homicides that happened within 30 minutes of each other Wednesday night.
Omaha police confirmed Thursday night that all three shootings were related. Each case involved two men who tried to rob their victims before shooting them.
The Omaha Police Department flooded the neighborhoods with extra officers Thursday night. "We're holding officers over -- working overtime. We did this Wednesday night. We have extra patrols out...the gang unit...the utility crew...Able1...K-9," said Omaha Police Lt Darci Tierney. "This is really important to us and we want to make sure you know that we're on this and we're making progress."
The first shooting was reported around 10:45pm at 15th and Dorcas. The victim, 22-year old Luis Fernando-Silva was rushed to Creighton Medical Center, but he died before he arrived.
Within half an hour, officers were called to 61st and Underwood Ave. They found 21-year-old Charles Denton who had been shot in his minivan. Police say the shooting happened near 50th & Underwood. His family tells Channel 6 News Denton withdrew $20 from an ATM. Moments later, two men approached him. He is expected to survive.
Shortly after the shooting on Underwood Ave, paramedics were called to 52nd & Leavenworth for a report of a person down. They found 27-year old Tari Glinsmann had been shot do death. The owner of the convenience store at the intersection tells Channel 6 News that Glinsmann was an employee and that surveillance video shows two men trying to grab something from her.
Chief of Police, Eric Buske, returned to Omaha Thursday night. He had attended a Police Chief conference in San Diego. Channel 6 plans to interview him Friday about the rash of violence.