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One man fatally shot next to Waiting Room Lounge in Benson

One man fatally shot next to Waiting Room Lounge in Benson

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A man was fatally shot in Benson just before midnight Thursday.

Omaha police officers went to The Waiting Room Lounge at 6212 Maple St. at 11:44 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of shots fired. They found a man lying on the grassy area between the concert venue and the Essential Pregnancy Services clinic next door, officials said.

Early Friday morning, the man’s body was still there, next to a motorcycle. Investigators still were at the scene.

Police said the man was shot outside of The Waiting Room and died just before midnight.

The headliner performing at The Waiting Room on Thursday night was TK Mafioso, a hip-hop artist from Omaha, according to the concert venue’s website about the event.

Marc Leibowitz, one of the owners of the lounge, said he didn’t know if the man or the assailants attended Thursday night’s event. The concert was scheduled to go until 1 a.m., he said, but wrapped up about midnight.

“We had no problem at the bar and no fight inside that spread outside,” Leibowitz said. “People came rushing in, saying they had heard shots.”

Leibowitz said Waiting Room managers have turned over video surveillance recordings, but they don’t have cameras on the grassy area where the man was found dead. That spot is the pregnancy clinic’s property, he said.

The slaying was the ninth homicide in Omaha in 2019.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP, at or on the P3 Tips mobile app. The group offers an enhanced reward of $25,000 for a tip leading to the arrest of the people involved in a homicide.

Another shooting at a different location was reported a short time after the one in Benson.

Kameron Reyel Jones, 23, went to the Nebraska Medical Center after he had been shot. He told officers that he had been shot while walking near 40th and Cuming Streets. Authorities did not find any evidence of a shooting in that area, police said. Jones’ injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Hours later, at 5:54 a.m. Friday, Elizabeth Bolton and Deminico Belvine, both 27, went to Immanuel Medical Center after they were shot near North 36th and Erskine Streets, police said.

Belvine suffered a critical injury, and Bolton had an injury that was not considered life-threatening. Both were taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy for additional treatment.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliaconleyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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