What might this single non-fatal shooting — an event that happened 100 times last year in Omaha — say about larger issues confronting the city? The World-Herald will dig into those questions with a three-part series that starts today.
Today, we focus on the victim. On Monday, we look into the backgrounds of the five suspects. The last installment, on Tuesday, will explore steps the community is taking to address and prevent gun violence.
Court records show past trauma and hardship, and also run-ins with the law, for the three male suspects. The two female suspects have no local criminal histories.
Last year, Omaha's homicide rate fell dramatically to a nearly 30-year low. Even so, people are still killed or injured in shootings, and each of those events has a ripple effect through families, neighborhoods and communities.