Benson Businesses Want More Police Presence After Deli Shooting

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An Omaha deli employee was shot Wednesday night after running away from a would-be robber.

Twenty-three-year-old Nathan Tysor told police the suspect entered the Star Deli near 61st and Maple around 11:15 p.m., pulled a gun and demanded money.

Tysor said when he tried to run he heard a gunshot followed by several more. Tysor was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center for a minor injury and has been released.

An emergency telephone recently installed at 61st and Maple goes straight to 911. Some business owners wish there were more of these phones in the area.

"An armed person came in and tried to rob the place,” said deli owner Jay Muller. “They didn't get anything, instead chased an employee out of the store and shot him on the way out."

Muller said Benson is growing and believes security should also grow. “The area is becoming popular for night life and maybe some added police presence in the area would kinda help people feel like they're a little more safe when they come out at night."

John Larkin owns several Benson businesses and says the emergency phones are a good first step. “It’s the type of thing if you go push the button automatically calls 911 for you. You can speak back and forth."

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