A man who witnessed a weekend shooting in south Omaha tells Channel 6 that he was focused on helping the victim while his friend headed after the suspect to help police.
“At first I thought it was a fire cracker until I saw a gun in his hand,” said a witness named Clayton, who doesn't want us to use his last name.
Clayton was driving down F St. near 34th Saturday afternoon when he saw something he couldn't believe.
“I glanced to the right and I saw a gentleman shoot another gentleman,” Clayton said. “That's when I pulled over. I was going to help the guy that got shot. And I told my buddy that was behind me to follow the guy that shot him.”
By the time Clayton got stopped, the suspect was heading east down F Street. So the union carpenter, who is trained in first aid, focused on the victim.
“I was just worried about the guy that got shot,” he said. “I was going to try to help him. But where he got shot at there was no help. Because he got shot square in the throat.”
Police say that victim, Anthony Vazzano, was the the fourth and final person the suspect shot in about 30 minutes.
Officer Coral Walker caught up with the suspect in his cruiser just south of F St. and Dahlman Ave. That's when the suspect pointed his gun at Walker and a shootout began.
Officer walker first engaged the suspect from inside his cruiser, firing a number of times. Then he reloaded with a fresh magazine and got out of his cruiser. He then approached the suspect who was lying on the ground.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer explains what happened next.
“The weapon is still in the suspect’s hands. The officers give several commands to drop the weapon. The suspect turns with the weapon in Walker’s direction. Walker fires additional shots at the suspect,” Schmaderer said.
Police have yet to positively identify the dead suspect.