Omaha police have arrested two brothers in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting at Westroads Mall.
Makhi Woolridge-Jones, 16, and Brandon Woolridge-Jones, 18, both of Omaha, have been arrested in connection with the death of Trequez Swift, 21, Deputy Chief Ken Kanger said Sunday. The two are identified as brothers in court documents.
The younger brother has been charged with first-degree murder in an arrest warrant. Brandon Woolridge-Jones, 18, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony. Reached by telephone Sunday, the mother of the two brothers declined to comment.
Police said the shooting happened about noon near J.C. Penney and appeared to be a targeted attack. Swift died from his wounds after he was taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy. Ja’Keya Veland, 22, suffered a gunshot wound to her leg that was not life-threatening.
Swift’s mother said by telephone Sunday that it was too early to comment on her son’s death.
Terrified shoppers and a fleet of emergency vehicles were reminiscent of the scene at the mall March 12, when Omaha Police Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot at four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of shoplifting from J.C. Penney. Wittstruck survived and returned home to recuperate five days later.
Saturday’s shooting, which also occurred near the J.C. Penney, was not a mass shooting, said Lt. Neal Bonacci of the Omaha Police Department.
“Unfortunately, nationwide we’re seeing an increase in violent crime; however, Omaha is safe,” Bonacci said. “We take a lot of preventative measures as a Police Department.”
The Police Department released a photo showing three people identified as persons of interest in the shooting. A police spokesman said Sunday that he could not say whether Makhi and Brandon Woolridge-Jones are pictured in the photo but that officers are not looking for any other suspects in the case.