A 7-year-old Miracle Barnett was taken to Creighton University Medical Center Wednesday morning, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
OPD Officer Jacob Bettin said investigators went to the hospital around 8:30 a.m. after first responding to a "shots fired" call at 51st and Pratt.
On location, they found several casings, but no injured parties. They taped the area off and began looking for the vehicle that may have been involved.
Early in the investigation police received a phone call saying a child had been taken to the hospital by a private vehicle. Police said the victim's injuries are not considered life threatening.
A relative of Miracle Barnett told Channel 6 News his daughter was about to drive Barnett home. The boy was in the car when a car drove by and someone inside opened fire. The relative did not think the boy was the target of the gunfire.
“'Cause they didn’t care pretty much,” said Miracle’s mother, Nancy Simonet. “I feel they watched my cousin and the kids walk out and get in the car before she ever got there and they seen her getting in the car with two little kids and they didn't care, they blocked her car off and shot her car up.”
Nancy had just moved back to Omaha. She left her kids with relatives and was out of town tying up some loose ends when she heard her son had been shot. “I was in a parking lot just turning around in circles, screaming and crying, trying to hurry up and get back from Kansas. I'm in Kansas trying to get back to Nebraska.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Debra Taylor suffered minor injuries in the shooting.
“He was born a twin, but the twin died, so he was a miracle baby so we named him Miracle,” said Simonet. “He’s still a miracle baby. He's a warrior.”
Police didn't locate suspects of the shooting Wednesday. If you have any information on this incident contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-7867.