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Suspects in Westroads Mall shooting charged; 1 held without bail
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Suspects in Westroads Mall shooting charged; 1 held without bail

A man critically wounded was taken to a hospital, where he died. A woman in her 20s suffered a gunshot wound to her leg that was not life-threatening.

A 16-year-old Omaha teen will be held without bail in a fatal shooting Saturday at Westroads Mall.

Makhi Woolridge-Jones, 16, was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony and one count of first-degree assault in connection with the death of Trequez Swift, 21.

Douglas County Judge Thomas Harmon ordered Woolridge-Jones held without bail Monday. He will be housed at the Douglas County Youth Center.

His brother, Brandon Woolridge-Jones, 18, was charged as an accessory to a felony. The judge set his bail at $75,000.

Harmon told Brandon Woolridge-Jones that he was to have no conversations with his brother about the case.

Few new details surrounding Saturday’s shooting were divulged in court Monday. Brenda Beadle, chief deputy Douglas County attorney, told The World-Herald that the shooting appeared to be gang-related.

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.

Saturday’s shooting, which occurred near the J.C. Penney, was not a mass shooting, said Lt. Neal Bonacci of the Omaha Police Department.


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