Update: Shooting Victims Identified

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Omaha Police have identified the shooting victims from a gun battle near 36th and Ames on Thursday. Lamar R. King, 26, was killed. Two others were critically injured. They’re identified as Marcus Johnson, 18, and Johnnie Wilson, 19.

The gunfire broke out shortly after 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

Officer Kevin Wiese said, "I was informed that we had three victims. Two were transported to Creighton and we have one that is deceased."

It happened at 36th and Ames. There initially appeared to be several crime scenes stretching across several blocks but now police believe the activity took place at 36th and Ames. The other scenes were the result of the injured moving east in search of help.

Wiese said, "Two vehicles left the scene. One ended up at the fire station just off of like 34th Ave. and Ames and then another one there at 31st Ave. and Ames. Both of those vehicles were trying to get medical help."

One report stated that a victim was down in the street with 13 or 14 bullet wounds. OPD cruisers flooded the area.

Several people were initially detained as persons of interest while the investigation took shape. Their later status was not clear.

All of this began at approximately 3:40. Two groups reportedly gathered and gunfire eventually broke out.

Shortly after 5 p.m. police confirmed that one person had died and two others were critically injured.

While some of the activity was in the area of North High we are told the school was not on alert.

A witness near 36th and Ames reported seeing two injured people there.

Witness Michell Colburn said, "I heard 10 to 15, 10 to 12 shots, um, from my back door. I went from my living room to my daughter's bedroom and I seen a woman holding a black, looked like a sawed-off shotgun-looking thing, about this big, uh, there was a boy down by a red truck, there was a boy down on the street down the road and a bunch of women screaming and running from house to house."

Police were not sure of the circumstances of the shootings. That remains under investigation.


Handgun in Street

Wiese said, "We are in the very early stages of this investigation. Typically on these incidents we're trying to figure out who people are and making 100 percent sure. And then, um, you know, the next important thing is the families that are involved."

Part of that investigation will include the handgun that turned up on the sidewalk at 34th Avenue and Ames.

It was not initially clear if that weapon had anything to do with the shootings now under investigation but it turned up as police fanned out trying to piece together what exactly happened and why.


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