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Omaha bar owner who fatally shot protester is evicted from downtown property

Omaha bar owner who fatally shot protester is evicted from downtown property

Family and friends of James Scurlock gather at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha on Sunday. Scurlock, a 22-year-old protester, was shot and killed Saturday night by a civilian amid a protest in downtown Omaha. An 8 p.m. curfew will go into effect Sunday in Omaha, and the Nebraska National Guard has been called in to assist with any protests.

The owners of the downtown Omaha property in which The Hive bar operated said Tuesday that they have evicted the tavern operator, Jake Gardner.

Contacted by The World-Herald, the property owners, who said they have been the target of threats, said neither The Hive nor The Gatsby would be allowed to open again in the space in the building near 12th and Harney Streets.

Gardner, 38, was a tenant who owned the side-by-side Gatsby and Hive operations.

Gardner fatally shot 22-year-old James Scurlock on Saturday night during a demonstration in downtown Omaha. On Monday, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine announced at a press conference that Gardner would not be charged in the shooting. Kleine said he and other law enforcement officials concluded that Gardner had acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Scurlock. Gardner still could face misdemeanor charges or citations in the incident.

The building’s owners said Gardner had not complied with terms of the lease. They said that he was late on payments and that there were “other issues.” They declined to provide further details.

Gardner’s attorney was not immediately available to comment Tuesday.

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