The man who died at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after being shot in the Old Market Sunday morning has been identified as 19-year-old Deanthony Bryant of Omaha.
Police say officers were trying to break up a large crowd that had gathered outside of a club at 11th and Farnam around 2:15 a.m. A bicycle patrol officer heard several shots fired. A short time later Bryant was found in the parking lot on the northeast corner of 11th and Harney Street.
“I was almost in shock, I didn't believe it at first,” said T Henry’s bartender Nicholas Miller. “The gun didn't sound too powerful. I almost thought someone threw firecrackers or something, but then when I saw the reaction of everybody we quickly realized somebody just got shot.”
Miller heard four or five shots and then saw the crowd scatter. “Everybody that works here and a few other of our close patrons, we took cover in the bar and locked the door because we didn't want to go outside with someone being hostile.”
"It’s only been a handful of times.” Lance Wang owns several Old Market restaurants and has noticed that more violence happens on weekends during large events and has talked with police about a possible curfew for teens hanging out in the Gene Leahy Mall area.
“We should probably, what they recommend is some sort of curfew. If we can get the city of Omaha talking about it, maybe this would be a good stepping pattern for them for their safety and the comfortable feel of the market.”
Crime scene tape was up for several hours, but it didn't keep visitors staying downtown for the College World Series from having a good time. “We saw the crime scene this morning, but it didn't really concern us ‘cause there are police everywhere and the people of Omaha have been awesome,” said Pete Savage.
Channel 6 News spoke with Bryant's girlfriend Shanice Brown, who came back to the scene Sunday afternoon. She said Deanthony was shot in the head. She also said she and Bryant's family are in shock and that he leaves behind two young children.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656.