OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A juvenile is in custody in connection with a shooting that critically injured a 20-year-old at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge early Thursday morning.
Officers were called to the bridge at 1:45 a.m. and arrived just minutes after the call. They located and arrested a juvenile suspect who will be booked with first-degree felony assault; and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
The victim, a 20-year-old, was critically injured.
The incident forced police to close public access to the bridge early Thursday.
Police say shots were first reported at 1:45 a.m. when a large crowd had gathered near the bridge. Police did not immediately have any information about a description of the gunman.
Access to Riverfront Drive was blocked off near the bridge until about 6:30 a.m.
Pat Wagner and her husband live in the area and heard the early-morning gunfire.
“It sounded like about six firecrackers,” she said. “We don’t think guns... I looked out, and all the sirens and this wailing. This woman was just wailing and kids were running all over and climbing all over the side and all that.”
Despite what happened, the Wagners said they feel safe living near the bridge.
“Yeah it does concern us, but we love it here, and it’s safe," Pat Wagner said. "It is safe. We’re like any neighborhood. There are problems.”