A woman who was shot to death in Ralston likely knew her killers, the city's police chief said Wednesday.
Police also have backed off their initial theory that Amiee J. Kearns, 42, was killed during a robbery.
Chief Ron Murtaugh said the death of Kearns did not appear random. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.
Murtaugh said investigators were trying to determine a motive. No arrests had been made late Wednesday.
“It's a horrible, tragic event,” the chief said. “There's little doubt that the victim knew them or they knew her.”
Initial police reports indicated the slaying stemmed from a robbery at the Orleans Square Apartments, where Kearns lived on the ground floor.
Police were called to the apartments at 4748 S. 83rd St. about 11:40 p.m. Monday.
Murtaugh said Wednesday that only a laptop computer was taken by the two men who broke a window to get inside. Other things of value were left behind.
Another woman who was in the apartment was not hurt. Murtaugh said the men pointed a gun at her and made threats, but didn't fire.
Kearns was shot once and pronounced dead at the scene, Murtaugh said.
The men, whose faces were covered, left in a light blue, silver or gray Lincoln Continental, possibly a model from the 1970s or 1980s.
Murtaugh said his detectives have reached out to federal and local authorities to assist in tracking down the killers. The Nebraska State Patrol, for instance, is researching vehicles matching witnesses' description of the car.
Kearns was a grandmother and mother of three sons. She moved to Omaha about a year ago from St. Joseph, Mo.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.
Ralston police are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.