Shooting Prompts School Lockdown

A shooting near 42nd and Redman forced the lockdown of Wakonda Elementary School Thursday morning. No children were hurt.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m. Police found 23-year-old Markice McDonald at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound.

At the same time, police got additional calls to Wakonda Elementary and another scene just a few blocks away.

Inside Hazel Kellogg’s home, Hazel said, "I called for everybody to get down, out of instinct I guess." She and her son and grandson took cover.

“We heard this boom, boom, boom; real loud gun shots. Just sounded like it was in the living room almost. When we looked out, I didn't see anything but my son saw something; a car drive away. That was all."

Soon after, police tape surrounded their home near 49th and Hartman. It was one of three scenes to which officers were responding.

At the same time, at the initial shooting call near 42nd and Redman, rescue crews would find 23-year-old Markice McDonald with a gunshot wound to his back. A silver Chevy sedan that police say McDonald either drove or was driven in, made it only seven blocks. It was riddled with bullet holes and sitting on two flat tires.

In the confusion, a caller believed shots were fired at Wakonda Elementary.

Phyllis Gosier called ahead before dropping off her daughter. She was thankful the scene was secured.

"That's why we pray. So we always pray for the schools every day; every morning. Not just my daughter's school, but all of the schools. We pray to protect them from dangers seen and unseen."

In fact, the call came in before students were inside. Police searched the building and found it safe. The school was on lockdown less than an hour.

Markice McDonald was listed in critical condition at the Alegent Creighton Medical Center.


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