2 wounded shooting in an Omaha mall that got shoppers going
April 17, 2021 Updated: April 17, 2021, 3:39 pm
1of3CHRIS MACHIAN / AP
2of3CHRIS MACHIAN / AP3of3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Gunfire was fired at a mall in Omaha on Saturday, injuring two people and shoppers taking cover.
Police found that the suspects fled the scene after searching the mall, according to Omaha Police, Lt. Neal Bonacci. The officials gave the all clear for the first time around 1 p.m. – about an hour after several shots, reports The Omaha World-Herald.
Bonacci said the shots left a man with serious injuries and a woman with a leg wound.
It also caused panic when people fled the main part of the mall, according to a World Herald reporter who was in the food court at the time of the shooting.
“It was shocking,” said Alyha Wills, who was on Forever 21 with her sister, when other buyers asked if she heard the gunfire.
Then she fled and said, “I could hear it; it was close.”
This is the second reported shoot at the Westroads Mall in just over a month. Omaha police officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of stealing JC Penney T-shirts on March 12. Wittstruck survived.
The JC Penney is about 200 feet from Von Maur, where a gunman killed eight people and himself in 2007.