Benson area shooting leaves one injured, suspects at large

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police are looking into a shooting in the Benson area that left one man hurt Monday morning.

A 21-year-old man with non-life-threatening injuries was taken by Omaha Fire paramedics to Nebraska Medical Center following the incident. OPD said Monday afternoon that they believed the gunfire near 61st Street and Ames Avenue came from a passing vehicle.

The shooting happened near the Benson Crest Apartments, which are located across the street from Sprouts Childcare — and children were present there during the shooting.

“I live right down the block about five houses down, little less than an hour ago I would say, there was a shooting right here. I heard ‘bang bang’ and then it was quiet,” said Jeffrey Henry, a father to one of the childcare’s students.

“My daughter, she goes here,” he said. “After hearing the shooting my fiancé, she was like, ‘Go and get the kid because that sounded like a shooting, not fireworks.’ And of course, you know, since it’s like right across the street from each other, wasn’t sure what was going on so we came over here once we saw police and all that, we knew it was a shooting right away.”

Henry also said that this is the first time in six years that he heard a shooting take place on his block. Normally, he said, it’s usually quiet.

OPD believes this is not an isolated incident, so investigators were contacting nearby businesses for security footage and any other information.

The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information, please call Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP, or submit a tip through the P3 Tips mobile app.

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