Tuesday Night's Robbery Gunfire Hits Neighboring Business

Omaha Police Chief, Todd Schmaderer, confirmed Wednesday that multiple shots were fired by police Tuesday night when they responded to the robbery at Wendy's.

The suspect and the "Cops" crew member were killed, and there were many stray bullets too.

“Our employees saw what was going on, and they locked the doors so that they could obviously keep themselves and our customers safe," says Heather Almond, of Palm Beach Tan, neighboring the Wendy's near 43rd and Dodge.

When gunfire broke out Tuesday night, Palm Beach Tan was filled with employees and customers. Three bullets hit the building. One made it inside.

Almond showed WOWT 6 News that bullet's path. “It came in through the window here, you can see it went through the wall here, and then it actually hit the wall over there,” she said.

The bullet stopped after hitting the third wall and fell to the ground. Almond says fortunately, none of the employees or customers inside were hurt.

The investigation across the Street at Wendy's continued through Wednesday afternoon. Investigators processed the scene inside, marking evidence and taking photos.

WOWT 6 News found 14 bullet holes in the windows on the east side of the restaurant.

With only three bullets hitting her business, Almond is happy things turned out as well as they did. “Obviously, you don't like anything like this happening near you, but we're fortunate that the police did their job and kept the situation contained to the area, so that nobody else could be injured or hurt,” says Almond.

At OPD's press conference Wednesday, Chief Schmaderer says after watching the video, his officers' actions were justified. He could not say how many shots the officers fired.

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