A 42-year-old woman was shot and killed late Monday in a Ralston apartment during an apparent robbery.
Ralston police identified the victim as Amiee J. Kearns.
At 11:40 p.m., rescuers were called to the Orleans Square Apartments at 4748 S. 83rd St., on a report of gunshots fired.
Kearns and another person were inside her apartment when two men, both armed with handguns, entered and demanded money, Ralston Police Chief Ron Murtaugh said.
Kearns was shot and died at the scene. The other person in the apartment, which is on a lower level of the apartment complex, wasn't injured. Murtaugh declined to identify that person.
The suspects were believed to have fled in a light blue older-model “boxy-style” car like a Lincoln Continental. The car was last seen traveling east on Seymour Street, which is just south of the apartments, near 84th and L Streets.
An ex-colleague of Kearns' who asked to remain anonymous described her as a good worker. He said she was a former supervisor at Skylark Meats.
He also said she was a single grandmother who had moved to Omaha about a year ago from St. Joseph, Mo.
A man who lives in a nearby apartment said he heard a noise Monday night that sounded like glass breaking.
The neighbor, who spoke on the condition he would not be named, initially thought it came from the parking lot and then realized it was from the neighboring building.
He went out on his balcony and saw a man run out of a nearby apartment, wearing a black coat and gloves. He ran to the west and turned a corner, the neighbor said.
He said another neighbor then came out of his building, carrying a hammer and looking around.
At that point, a second man ran out of the apartment where the shooting occurred, wearing a black coat with the hoodie up and a bandana on his face.
The neighbor said the second man, who was carrying a handgun, warned the man with the hammer to “go back, go back” and then ran off.
World-Herald staff writer Susan Szalewski contributed to this report.
***An earlier version contained an incorrect age provided by Ralston police for Amiee J. Kearns. She was 42.