Four people were shot in south Omaha within 30 minutes Saturday afternoon, including a suspect killed by police. In a news conference Sunday morning, police said they believe the suspect is connected to all the shootings. They believe the suspect had a connection with the first victim, but the other victims were chosen at random.
The first shooting occurred at 2:03 p.m. behind an apartment building at South 31st and Hascall where 31-year-old Aaron Anderson was found critically wounded. A second shooting was reported at 2:23 p.m. near South 33rd and D streets where 46-year-old Angel Cabrera was also found critically wounded.
A third shooting was reported at 2:27 p.m. at 34th and F streets where 25-year-old Anthony Vazzano was found dead. A fourth shooting at 2:32 p.m. at South 33rd and E streets where police found 25-year-old Pascual Bautista-Raymundo dead in an alley.
Police have not yet identified the suspect who was killed. He is described as a Hispanic man, about 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Police are looking for a possible second suspect, who was near Aaron Anderson's apartment building before the first shooting. The person could be driving a 1995 Ford Thunderbird with Iowa license plate BBH-574 that was stolen from South 31st and Hascall.
Sunday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert released this statement:
"Saturday, innocent citizens lost their lives in a 30-minute shooting spree in south Omaha. I offer my sympathy to the victims and their families and my appreciation to the Omaha police officers; particularly Officer Coral Walker, and the citizens who demonstrated heroic actions in the face of a life-threatening situation. Their actions may have prevented further loss of life.
My administration is committed to public safety. Protecting the citizens of Omaha is the top priority of the Omaha Police Department. I will work closely with Police Chief Todd Schmaderer to ensure public safety remains at the forefront."