Passerby Rattled by Gunfire

Police are still sorting through Monday night’s gunfire near 42nd and Ames. The driver of a bullet-riddled car pulled up to a convenience store in search of help while the suspect crashed into Cassandra Walker’s car during the getaway.

Ms. Walker’s part of the story is the only thing that’s clear at this point. She just happened to be driving by at the wrong time.

The chaos in the street forced Cassandra’s SUV into a pole while she was on her way to pick up her brother.

“I heard the shots but it didn’t think it was like, right here. I'm thinking it’s like off in the neighborhood somewhere. I was listening to my gospel music going to get him. All of a sudden the truck came out of nowhere and it smacked right into it.”

Cassandra is banged-up and a little sore but she says she will be OK. She says she’s been in Omaha a while but not long enough to get used to all the violence here.”

“I mean, it’s dangerous. I'm not used to it. I’m not from here.” She’s from Utah.

Anthony Lee is from Omaha. He has lived near 42nd and Ames all of his life and heard the shooting Monday night.

He said, “Growing up here most of my life hearing the gunshots, seeing all the shootings and the violence,” he says it’s all something he’s grown used to in his neighborhood. But he’s watching it spread through the city.

“I was at the Passion Lounge when that young lady was shot,” he said. “Just from that incident and the incident last night, all the violence in the community, it’s just really bad.”

Monday night’s gunfire was directed at 31-year-old Demetrius Williams. He was not seriously injured.

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