A lieutenant in the Omaha Police Department said Sunday he was saddened by a spree of shootings over the weekend that left 10 people injured.
“We've got to stop it. We've got to stop the shootings,” Lt. Matthew Lippold said. “Omaha is a wonderful city, but I hate to see it held back by this violence.”
Lippold spoke from the scene of the city's latest shooting, which occurred about 3 p.m. near 30th Street and Bedford Avenue. Lippold said three men -- John Ladd, 21, Eric Lofton, 22, and Maurice Culliver, 23 -- were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. All are expected to survive, police said Monday.
Lippold said officers were called to the scene after a report of “multiple shots fired,” a report upgraded to three shootings within minutes.
Police blocked off Bedford Avenue from 30th Street to about one block west and were canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses.
A nearby business owner said he was unaware of anything wrong until he began hearing and seeing police cruisers swarm into the area.
Earlier Sunday, two Omaha teenagers were injured in separate shootings.
Marcus Evans, 18, and Arlando Blanco, 17, were taken to local hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said Evans was walking near 48th and Fort Streets shortly after midnight when he heard gunshots and realized he had been hit. Evan told police the shots possibly came from a nearby party, but no suspects were located.
Blanco told police he was in the area of 31st and T Streets just before 2 a.m. when he heard “a pop” and realized he had been shot. He was taken to Bergan Mercy Medical Center by private vehicle.
Pecha said police are investigating whether Blanco had been involved in an argument earlier in the evening. No suspects were located.
Saturday, police reported that Donald McKinney, 21, of Omaha was taken to the Creighton University Medical Center after he was shot about 10 p.m. while in Orchard Park near 66th Street and Hartman Avenue. McKinney's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Three other people — Richard Kirk, 31; LaTasha Ellis, 29; and Tawana Carter, 31 — also were wounded Saturday, in a 4:30 a.m. shooting near 24th and Manderson Streets. Pecha said the shooting may have been related to an argument among a large group of people.
Pecha said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Later, police were investigating a 10th shooting in the area of 30th and T Streets.
The victim was taken by private vehicle to the Nebraska Medical Center about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. The person's name and condition at the hospital were not immediately available.
Lippold said the police department asks that anyone who might have information about any of the shootings to contact Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867) or omahacrimestoppers.net, or through the “Tip Submit” mobile iPhone/Android app. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
“Even the smallest bit of information could help,” said Lippold, a lifelong Omahan. “We need people to come forward to stop these shootings.”
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