Two teens shot in downtown Omaha parking garage
A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police gave updates on the investigation of two shooting victims in or near a downtown parking garage Wednesday morning.
A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries according to the release. Officers found the teens with gunshot wounds when arriving at the scene.
Officials say a male wearing all-black clothing approached the teens and three other juveniles in the parking garage and fired rounds at the group and then left the area.
Officers were called to 18th and Douglas streets around 8:30 a.m.
The incident happened near enough to Omaha Central High School, located near 20th and Dodge streets, that the school was put into “secure” status at about 8:35 a.m., meaning that classes continued as normal while exterior doors were locked, and no one was allowed to exit or enter the school.
According to a note Principal Dionne Kirksey sent to student families and staff, the school received the “all-clear” from law enforcement about an hour and 20 minutes later.
“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. All schools in our district regularly practice safety drills, including secure status procedures,” the principal’s note states.
While the parking garage was closed for the investigation, people were allowed to remove their cars.
Authorities urge people to call Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or on the P3 Tips mobile app to give information. Tips leading to the arrest of a shooting suspect are eligible for a $10,000 reward.
Managing editor Kevin Westhues contributed to this report.
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