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Law enforcement is actively searching for suspects involved in a shooting that killed a man and injured a woman at Westroads Mall earlier today.
Omaha police have determined the shooting was an isolated incident and not a random attack.
The article goes on to state the following:
Police determined the suspects had fled the scene after searching the mall, according to Lt. Neal Bonacci with the Omaha Police Department. Police did not provide a description of the suspects, citing a need to review security footage before releasing those details.
The report states that a woman in her 20s was also wounded in the shooting, but her injuries were reported as non-life-threatening.
The shooting, which happened around noon, prompted panic inside the mall, as people ran screaming trying to get out, and those eating lunch in the food court fled in a rush, tipping over furniture and food in the process.
“Shooting Incident at Westroads Mall. One victim was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Suspects fled the scene and are at large. OPD is searching the entire mall as a precaution. Please avoid the area. A press release will be sent later with more information,” the Omaha Police Department announced on Twitter.
Shooting Incident at Westroads Mall. One victim was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Suspects fled the scene and are at large. OPD is searching the entire mall as a precaution. Please avoid the area. A press release will be sent later with more information.
— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) April 17, 2021
During a press briefing after the shooting, police said there are two suspects, but did not yet have a description of them. A police spokesperson indicated the shooting may be gang-related.
The male victim who was critically injured later died. The female victim was reportedly shot in the leg.
Other shootings have occurred at the same mall, including an incident on March 12 when a 21-year-old accused shoplifter shot at a police officer, and another incident in 2007 in which a gunman killed eight people and himself.
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