Authorities make arrest after multiple people shot in Bellevue
BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - 6 News can now confirm that two people are dead after a shooting in Bellevue.
According to a release from Bellevue Police Department, two other people were hurt in the shooting. They were transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in unknown condition.
Authorities told 6 News they had taken a person into custody after the shooting at a Sonic restaurant on Cornhusker Road.
Omaha Police, Nebraska State Patrol, Papillion Police, and Sarpy County Sheriff’s deputies were on scene assisting Bellevue Police near 13th Street and Cornhusker Road after a call went out at 9:23 p.m., BPD spokesman Andy Jashinske said in a late-night press briefing near the scene.
According to the release, no information was available about the suspect currently in custody and the names of victims are being held until family is notified.
Witnesses also reported seeing a large fire in the area at about the same time. Jashinske confirmed there was a U-Haul truck on fire near the scene that may have involved “some fireworks or some type of device,” but authorities were still trying to piece together those details as well.
“We’re going to investigate this to the full extent, completely,” Jashinske said.
The OPD Bomb Squad was also called to the scene, he said. Authorities were directing people to keep far away from the scene, which was blocked off and was expected to remain that way for some time while authorities worked to secure the area, he said.
Jashinske said he believed several ambulances were dispatched to the area as a precaution.
A witness told 6 News he had pulled over near the restaurant and heard four or five “pop” sounds at about 9:20 p.m. as he was walking up to the restaurant followed five or six more such sounds, but that he wasn’t sure whether they were gunshots.
Authorities so far were not actively looking for anyone else involved in the incident, Jashinske said, noting he couldn’t rule out that could change as the investigation continues.
Earlier, a Sarpy County dispatcher confirmed BPD were calling the scene “an active-shooter investigation” and urging people to stay away from the area.
“This can happen anywhere, of course, this type of situation, unfortunately, that happened here tonight,” Jashinske said.
Producer Leah Kemple and Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this story.
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