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One dead, 2 hurt in shooting outside Omaha bar

Witnesses say a bartender alerted the bar
Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 8:44 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police are investigating a shooting just outside of Moe and Curly’s Pub early Sunday.

Officers in the area of 12th Street and Capitol Avenue heard gunshots at 1:40 a.m. and responded to a shooting report at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue, finding people injured.

Police said they believed a person fired shots during a fight near the location. A 24-year-old and a 31-year old were both hit; the injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

Suaquel Hogan, 21, was hit by a car on Capitol Ave and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Another person also had minor injuries that were unrelated to the shooting.

Everyone injured was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center.

Patrons were still processing all they experienced overnight, crediting a bartender for alerting others. Two friends told 6 News they were inside at the front of the building and heard the gunshots, but said there was a lot of commotion inside.

Chelsee Mortensen and Patricia Carlson said they were together celebrating a family birthday at Moe and Curly’s. They say last call kept them inside for another round, avoiding the altercation happening outside.

Carlson said she saw an injured bartender, who stepped outside, return to the bar to alert patrons.

“Even after he was shot, as he was coming in, he was telling everybody, ‘Turn off the music. Get down. Call the police> I’ve been shot,’ as he was hopping up to the kitchen,” Carlson said. “Who thinks to do that?”

Patricia says she’s a regular and knows much the staff. She tried to reach out to that bartender to check in today, but hasn’t heard back.

6 News reached out to the bar for comment but hasn’t heard back.

Correction: Due to a source error, the identity of the victim was incorrectly reported in an earlier version of this story. 6 News regrets the error.

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