Former Husker and NFL football player Tony Veland underwent surgery Tuesday, a day after he was shot near his alma mater, Omaha Benson High School.
Veland, 38, was shot in the shoulder as bullets peppered a Ford Explorer in which he sat about 9:15 p.m. Monday.
Veland's sister, Tiana Veland, said the bullet that struck her brother went into his shoulder and lodged behind the heart.
She said that her brother's injuries were not considered life-threatening and that he was up and around before the surgery.
Close friend and former teammate Damon Benning said Tony Veland had reconstructive shoulder surgery. “He's better,'' Benning said.
Evidence indicated that the shots were fired along North 52nd Street and in Gallagher Park, across the street from the high school, said Omaha Police Sgt. Chuck Casey.
Someone in the area reported hearing about 10 gunshots, Casey said.
Tony Veland drove to his home near 42nd and Pinkney Streets, not far from the shooting scene. An ambulance took him to Creighton University Medical Center.
Benning said Veland is a financial planner and personal banker at First National Bank in Omaha and had recently moved into the house on Pinkney. Benning chose Veland as his best man when he got married.
About 16 hours before Veland was shot, his uncle, Steven L. Veland, 54, was involved in an incident in which a man was cut in the hand following a fight.
Steven Veland was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and use of a weapon. The injured man, Anthony C. McDade, 56, refused medical treatment.
The incident happened about 5:20 a.m. Monday at a home near 40th Street and Lafayette Avenue.
Tiana Veland said the incidents were not related and coincidental.
Office Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said police were still investigating whether the incidents were connected.
World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust contributed to this report.
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