Riverfront Gunfire Raises Questions

Some neighbors along Omaha's riverfront tell WOWT 6 News they are on edge. A drive-by shooting Sunday night came nearly a year after a man was killed in a shootout not far away on the pedestrian bridge.

The Sunday shooting happened along Riverfront Drive in front of the condos with the iconic bridge in the background. Omaha Police say they're not sure how this one shooting will impact how they patrol.

Whether you look out from Michael Henery's riverfront condo, a view he's had for more than seven years, or you take in the sights around the pedestrian bridge from ground level, like most neighborhoods, one shooting is one too many.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Davion Ford was hit by gunfire on Riverfront Drive. He was with friends in a car and while injured, he’s expected to recover.

Neighbors say they heard approximately eight shots.

One woman said, "I thought it was fireworks." She’s lived in the condos for a few months and says she’s trying to keep things in perspective since the victims don’t life in the neighborhood.

"There's crime everywhere and things will happen. We put my daughter on a plane for New York today. Things can happen anywhere. Here or New York."

Omaha Police say they have quite a bit of a police presence around the bridge and are constantly evaluating and adjusting who is there and when. They're also working with a local security company to provide extra patrols. It's not clear how this shooting will change those strategies.

Some tenants say they just don't want a jewel of Omaha to be tarnished by criminals.

Michael Henery said, "It's almost unbelievable what's going on."

He said he'd like to see the public parking spots in front of the condos eliminated for those who use the bridge to keep away riff-raff or to close the bridge at sunset.

The condo managers say they're looking at options. In fact, they had a meeting Monday afternoon with police and the Homeowners Association to review the possibility of new strategies.


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