Gang members are tied to some of the nine shootings that have injured 10 men in Omaha this week, police said Wednesday.

The flurry of gunfire started Monday afternoon when Lamond M. Secret Jr. was shot outside a gas station at 72nd Street and Military Avenue. He was taken in critical condition to Nebraska Medical Center on Monday.

Some of the subsequent shootings were retaliation between rival gangs, northeast precinct Capt. Scott Gray said Wednesday at an Omaha 360 meeting.

Gray said he wanted people to stand up, not live in fear of their community and offer tips to help police cut down on crime.

He referenced last week's shooting death of Officer Kerrie Orozco and said the fugitive involved, Marcus D. Wheeler, who was also killed, had been sought for months.

"Last week was preventable," Gray said. "I'm tired of it; officers are tired of it."

No suspects have been arrested in any of the nine shootings this week.

Five men were shot within four hours starting about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in northeast Omaha.

One man, whose identification has not yet been released, suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot outside a house at 41st Street and Ames Avenue about 1:45 a.m.

Rickey Penney-Ramsey, 19, was shot and critically injured at 39th Street and Ellison Avenue about 12:40 a.m., with Fletcher Young-Johnson, 34. Young-Johnson has been released from the hospital.

Willie Wright, 28, and Delana Aguirre, 20, were injured in separate shootings; their injuries were not life-threatening.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or police at 402-444-5652.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1068, alia.conley@owh.com

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