Gunfire Erupts Over the Past Week in the Metro

Another shooting in North Omaha and another victim taken to the hospital, families living in the area are getting fed up after a week of deadly gun violence.

For the past seven days, WOWT 6 News counted nine shooting incidents in the metro. In some cases suspects were arrested, in others people have died.

The city’s latest shooting was at 38th and Pratt, the details known at this point include at about 8 o'clock Tuesday night, ShotSpotter alerted officers to gunfire. They found a 24-year-old suffering from gunshot wounds and he was rushed to the hospital.

"No it is sickening, it really is, it is very depressing and sad because you have a lot of children out here that are innocent bystanders getting hit,” Akia Outerbridge said. "There was an incident here just last night, so that is too close to home, there is a lot of kids in this house.” Frustrations mounted for Outerbridge after police cruisers and crime scene tape filled in around 38th and Pratt. Her mother in law lives on the block.

First, starting with the tragic armed robbery at Wendy's off 43rd & Dodge last Tuesday, two people were killed. That same day near 35h and Cuming a homeowner shoots an alleged burglar during the break-in. Thursday, 36th and Ames, one shooting leads to three separate scenes scattered across Ames Avenue. A 26-year-old dead, two other teens injured. Neighbors here, fed up too, ready to move out of the city. "I hear gun shots all the time and it is frightening, I am ready to move completely away from Omaha, completely,” Michell Colburn said last week.

The very next night, in about the exact same place along 30th and Ames there was more gun violence. Saturday, 24th and Pratt Street, officers were flagged down for a shooting and LB Liggins was killed. His family spoke out in a prayer walk. “Mr. Liggins never bothered anyone, he was always good to everybody, everybody he was a good person, Mr. Liggins didn't bother nobody,” his family said last week.

But the bullets continued to fly that next Saturday, this past Monday and nest Tuesday: 18th and M, 37th and Ida, 38th and Pratt, three more victims.

"That is ridiculous, I mean there is nothing we really can do but sit back and pray and hope that it does stop,” Outerbridge said.

Remember there was a shooting in Sarpy County last Wednesday but here’s a look at the nine shootings over the past week in the metro: four people have died, eight others hit by gunfire, five arrested and four cases with little or no suspect information or captures.

Omaha police do say that it is important to take these numbers into perspective as a whole, understanding that crime stats tend to “ebb and flow.”


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