A 28-year-old Omaha man was wounded Saturday night when the vehicle he was driving was hit by gunfire from another vehicle near 144th Street and West Maple Road.
Two children, ages 5 and 2, who were riding in the car escaped injury, according to Officer James Shade of the Omaha Police Department. Their father, Lafayette Carodine, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Creighton University Medical Center.
A hospital spokesman said Sunday that no information about Carodine’s condition was being released.
Carodine and witnesses told police he was southbound on 144th Street about 10 p.m. when a Chevrolet Impala began tailgating him. Carodine said that after he turned right onto West Maple Road, someone in the Chevrolet began firing at his vehicle and a bullet struck him.
Shade said Carodine eventually ended up at 144th and Blondo Streets, where his vehicle crashed. He got out of the vehicle and ran before collapsing on the ground, where he was found by emergency personnel.
The children were checked by Omaha Fire Department paramedics and released to their mother. Witnesses described the Impala as being a dark-colored, newer model.
Nebraska court records show Carodine is a convicted felon with a lengthy history of police contacts. In 2008 he served six months in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
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