A pair of robbery-related assaults in which one man was shot in the leg and another was pistol-whipped are believed to be connected, Papillion police say.
The incidents Tuesday night occurred about two miles and 20 minutes apart, Lt. Chris Whitted said. The injured men are both expected to recover.
Whitted said he was confident that the assaults are related.
Police declined to name the 18-year-old male employee who was shot during a robbery at a Papillion Radio Shack store, or the 49-year-old customer who was pistol-whipped during the attempted robbery of a Little Caesars restaurant in Ralston.
Whitted said the name of the Radio Shack employee was withheld pending further investigation.
The robbery of the electronics store at 802 Tara Plaza took place about 8:20 p.m.
Whitted said two male employees were on duty and no customers were in the store. A third employee had left on store-related business about 15 minutes earlier.
The employees told police that two men wearing all-black clothing, black ski masks and sunglasses entered the store. An employee standing at the counter was ordered into a back storage area, where the second employee was working.
Whitted said the robbers, both armed with handguns, ordered both employees to the floor. The one who had been working in the back room was shot in the thigh despite cooperating with the robbers.
The uninjured employee was ordered to return to the front of the store, where the robbers took an undisclosed amount of money and some electronic devices.
Whitted said police are investigating whether two other men entered the store near the end of the robbery.
In the Little Caesars incident, two men dressed similarly to those at the Radio Shack robbery entered the restaurant near 83rd and Harrison Streets about 8 p.m. At least one had a gun, said Marc Leonardo, Ralston deputy police chief.
Leonardo said the male customer who intervened suffered cuts on his head when he was struck with a firearm. The would-be robbers ran from the store.
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