An Omahan was ordered Friday to stand trial in Douglas County District Court in connection with a shooting earlier this summer that injured a 13-year-old girl at a sleepover.
Russell Perry, 21, has been charged with unlawful or intentional discharge of a firearm in the July 3 shooting into a north Omaha home. One of about 10 rounds from a 9mm handgun pierced Terije Carter's ear and traveled to the back of her neck. She was taken to Creighton University Medical Center and later released.
A 17-year-old, Terry Flowers, has also been charged in the case with unlawful or intentional discharge of a firearm.
Friday, at Perry's preliminary hearing, an Omaha police detective testified that officers were in the area of the 3:20 a.m. shooting near 41st and Browne Streets after receiving a report about someone in a minivan pulling a handgun during a road-rage incident. The detective said police located the van on North 40th Street and found Perry and Flowers inside the vehicle, which had an empty 9mm clip on the floor.
As Perry and Flowers were taken into custody, the officer said, police received a call about the shooting victim on Browne Street, where several teenage girls were gathered.
The detective also said Perry, driving the minivan, told him that he picked up Flowers and another man he didn't know. Perry said he wasn't in the van when the shooting took place, the officer testified.
The detective also said that when pressed about inconsistencies in his version of the incident, Flowers said a third person, identified only as Jay, stepped out of the van and fired into the Browne Street home. The officer said shell casings from a 9mm handgun were found outside the home.
The detective also said the homeowner's daughter has ties to a Crips street gang and a member of a gang was in the house during the shooting. The officer said Flowers has family members who are in a Crips gang.
Perry's public defender stressed near the end of the hearing that there were no witnesses to the shooting, that the handgun that was used in the shooting hadn't been found and that the alleged gunman, Jay, remains on the loose.
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