After a month of no murders, a burst of violence erupted in Omaha this first weekend of February with three shootings leaving one dead and eight wounded.
The father of the city's first murder victim of 2013 shared his frustration Sunday afternoon at a prayer vigil outside the building where his 21-year-old son was shot to death Friday night. “My kid was not no drug dealer. He was not in no gang. I guided my son.”
Jacquez Lewis was one of four people shot at the Lothrop Social Hall at 24th and Lothrop when a gunman opened fire during a party. About four hours later at 45th and A streets, another party ended in a shooting where a 23-year-old was wounded and is expected to survive.
Then around 9:15 p.m. Saturday at 63rd and Hamilton, four men were shot during an apparent home invasion robbery. A woman who lives in the house tells Channel 6 News her husband and son were at home when at least one man forced his way in and started shooting. She says her son shot back.
“That really bothered us,” said neighbor Matthew Fadus. “When we were looking for a houses to rent and stuff we found out this was a really safe neighborhood.”
“The Bible says we overcome evil with good.” At Sunday's vigil for Lewis, a pastor urged neighborhoods to come together to fight the violence.
“And wherever in this city we've seen neighbors come together with the police, schools and businesses, what we call the stakeholders, we've seen a significant reduction in violence in that neighborhood,” said vigil organizer Dave Gehrls.
Suspects in two of the weekends' three shootings have been booked.