Omaha police arrest two suspects
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha police arrested two teenagers aged 16 and 18 on Sunday and charged the younger with first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting at Westroads Mall on Saturday.
According to the Omaha Police Department on Sunday, the Metro Fugitive Task Force took 16-year-old Makhi Woolridge-Jones into custody and arrested 18-year-old Brandon Woolridge-Jones for a number of crimes.
Brandon is currently in Douglas County Jail with no bond set.
Omaha Police arrested Makhi Woolridge-Jones (left) and Brandon Woolridge-Jones on Sunday, April 18, 2021, following the shooting in Westroads Mall on Saturday.(Omaha Police Department)
21-year-old Traquez Swift was seriously injured in a targeted shootout on Saturday lunchtime. He died about four hours later.
In their previous report on the shooting, OPD said gunshots had been fired on the first floor of the mall near the JCPenney store.
An OPD spokesman said Saturday that the second victim, a 22-year-old woman, was also shot dead. She was driven to CHI Immanuel Hospital in a private vehicle, but her injury was not considered life-threatening, police said.
“This wasn’t an active shooter situation. However, our department has only handled this with precautionary measures, ”said Neil Bonacci of the OPD Information Bureau when police investigated the scene on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, people gathered in the parking lot and tried to process what they saw and heard.
The police were stationed in the same area of the mall just over a month ago. OPD officer Jeffrey Wittstruck is still recovering from a shooting in Westroads Mall on March 12th. Four shots were fired at him, striking his face and the top of his head.
Bonacci said Saturday that the two incidents are unrelated.
Anyone with tips on other people who might be involved in the shooting can contact the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP. or send a tip via omahacrimestoppers.org or the P3 Tips mobile app.
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