A 14-year-old boy was killed and four other people were injured in two North Omaha shootings that occurred less than two hours apart Tuesday.
The first shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. A man and three women all were traveling in the same vehicle when shots were fired at the vehicle near 31st Street and Grand Avenue, striking one of the occupants.
Three people were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, one in critical condition and two others with serious injuries, said Omaha police Lt. Shane Myers.
The fourth person in the vehicle was treated for a graze wound from broken glass.
Officers responded to a second shooting near 19th and Spencer Streets about 7:15 p.m., Myers said.
There, they found a male teenager on the ground.
The teen, 14-year-old Desmond Harrison, was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with CPR in progress. Police said he died at the hospital.
The OPD Homicide Unit is investigating.
Harrison had just finished his eighth-grade year at Omaha's Nathan Hale Middle School, an Omaha Public Schools spokeswoman said Wednesday.
It’s too early to determine if the two shootings are related, Myers said, but officers continue to investigate that possibility.
Tuesday’s incidents mark the fifth and sixth reported shootings to occur within five days in Omaha.
“I think we’re seeing in Omaha what the entire United States is seeing, an uptick in violent crime,” Myers said.
Police continue to investigate both shootings. Anyone with information is asked to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP, at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Crime Stoppers offers an enhanced reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in a homicide and up to $10,000 in a felony shooting.
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