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Two people killed, two others wounded in Bellevue shooting; one man in custody

Two people killed, two others wounded in Bellevue shooting; one man in custody

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Two people were shot to death and two others suffered gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a Bellevue fast-food restaurant Saturday night, police said.

Bellevue police were called to the Sonic Drive-In at 1307 Cornhusker Road at 9:23 p.m. Officers sent to the scene first were told a bomb may be inside a moving truck parked in the parking lot. The incident was declared a shooting a minute later.

The first officer arrived at 9:26 p.m. and a suspect was taken into custody shortly thereafter, said Bellevue Police Lt. Andy Jashinske. 

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Roberto Carlos Silva after his arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

A 23-year-old man, Roberto Carlos Silva of Omaha, was booked into the Sarpy County Jail at 4:31 a.m. on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Silva had been arrested at the restaurant Wednesday night on suspicion of identity theft after someone reported that a person had charged $57 on his Sonic app to pay for hamburgers and corn dogs. Silva was released from jail Thursday after posting 10% of $1,500 bail.

When a reporter went Sunday to a residence in southwest Omaha where Silva lived with his parents, someone inside declined to open the door. A man who arrived at the home as the reporter was leaving acknowledged that it was the Silva family's home, but he declined to comment. 

In Bellevue, the parking lot of the Sonic Drive-In was blocked off with barricades. A man wearing a Sonic ballcap standing outside the restaurant said the restaurant owner had no immediate comment about the tragedy. 

Saturday night, officers found four people with gunshot wounds at the Sonic. Two people were declared dead at the scene; two others were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center.

A U-Haul truck in the parking lot was on fire because of fireworks or some type of device, Jashinske said. Officials were working early Sunday to figure out what was inside the truck.

Also early Sunday, the Omaha Police Bomb Squad was still on the scene to check on a “device,” Jashinske said, as a precaution to make sure the area was safe.

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Roberto Carlos Silva after his arrest on suspicion of identity theft.

The people who were shot will be identified after relatives are notified, Jashinske said. 

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Omaha Police Department's crime lab and bomb squad and rescue crews from multiple local departments assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Bellevue Police Department at 402-293-3100 or Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP.

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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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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