Benson residents on edge after shooting

Published: Aug. 9, 2019 at 3:44 AM CDT
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The violence disrupted the peace at the popular nightlife district...

As police investigated behind the yellow tape hours later, some people like David Holcomb say the crime has left them feeling unsafe.

"Everybody's scared to do everything, come out, hang out . It's just unnecessary. It's creep," says Benson resident David Holcomb.

Others who live and work in the area point out this kind of violence is rare...

They don't see much crime.

"No, we generally don't. It's a very safe family friendly, community focused neighborhood," says Michelle Grossman.

Some who live here say while the shooting is shocking, they believe this is an isolated incident.

"Benson is a very safe place to be. There's lots of arts, entertainment, restaurants and bars. Everyone should still feel welcome to come to the neighborhood," says Grossman

They admit when violence happens close to home it's scary.

And they want this crime solved.

Some who live here say while the shooting is shocking, they believe this is an isolated incident.

Omaha Police reopened Maple Street around 10:45 Friday morning, 11 hours after the crime tape went up in the investigation of a deadly shooting near 62nd Street.

A police update that preceded the reopening of the street included no new information of substance. Police acknowledged that they had responded to the scene at 11:44 p.m. and located a victim with gunshot wounds outside the Waiting Room Lounge. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Police are asking the community for help in developing leads in the case.

A police tweet around 6:45 Friday morning asked for anyone with information to contact OPD's homicide Unit at 402 444-5656 or to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402 444-STOP.

Omaha Crime Stoppers offers an enhanced reward of $25,000 for a tip leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in the homicide.

No information has been released about the gunman. Police were working to confirm the victim's identity.

Maple was closed throughout the night and through most of the morning between 61st and 63rd Street.

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