Shootings Underscore Need For Change

Omaha Police continue to investigate the barrage of gunfire that claimed one life and left two men critically injured on Thursday.

Lamar R. King, 26, was killed. Two others were critically injured. They’re identified as Marcus Johnson. 18, and Johnnie Wilson, 19.

As of Friday, there had been no arrests.

The shooting happened at 36th and Ames but dozens of innocent people who were not at the scene were hurt. Three families are dealing with the latest round of gun violence.

Impact One’s Barbara Robinson said, "Families are always innocent victims - innocent bystanders. Gun violence, to me, destroys the whole family in an entirety for some time.”

Two families are praying for their sons to recover. Another is mourning a loss.

Robinson is project manager with Impact One and knows the two young men who survived Thursday’s shooting. She said they need to make a change.

“I do know Johnnie and Marcus. I can tell you they're two young men in their age, young in their life, and they need a different direction. They need a different direction.”

Impact One is trying to prevent the gun violence in the city and their efforts are beginning to show. Homicides compared to this time last year are down. Omaha might be having a bad week but statistics say the city is having a better year.

Robinson said, “I believe that Impact One, along with other agencies, has really put forth a big effort and the results are showing in the numbers. It gets hard when you have a shooting and a robbery at Wendy’s one day and then three shootings the next day but we're still moving forward. Things are still changing.”

Things are changing but Robinson says we still have a lot of work and a long way to go.

The First Responders group scheduled a prayer walk at the site of the shooting on 36th Avenue just north of Ames for Friday night at 5:30.

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