Jason Davis and a neighbor had just returned from buying fishing tackle Monday night when two gunmen burst into the neighbor’s South Omaha home and began shooting.
Davis died from at least one gunshot to his left side, said his former mother-in-law, Kathy Orris. She said he dove out an open kitchen window of the house near 18th and Washington Streets to escape the assault.
Police found Davis, 44, in the street about 9:30 p.m. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.
Orris said she heard that the neighbor, Justin M. Huskey, 30, was shot about four times. He was taken to a fire station at 25th and L Streets by a private vehicle and then transported by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition.
A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that no information about Huskey’s condition was being released. A message left at Huskey’s home seeking comment was not immediately returned.
“We think Jason was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Orris said. “He had returned from Bass Pro Shops, and they were planning a fishing trip.”
Witnesses told Orris that the two gunmen came through the front door, ran past a woman and a baby and immediately began shooting at Huskey. Witnesses told police that the two assailants appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s.
The gunmen left in a newer white Cadillac sedan with shiny wheels. Police have not announced any arrests.
Davis grew up in South Omaha and worked for an insulation company until his early 30s. For the past eight years, Orris said, Davis had been receiving disability payments because of deterioration of the bones in his back and legs.
He enjoyed playing in an Omaha rock band called Good Time Charlie, Orris said. But his children were his focus.
He is the father of three sons — Luke James, 20, Jason Davis Jr., 14, and Corey Davis, 12. He also raised a stepson, Richard Orris, 24, from age 3, Kathy Orris said. The younger boys “are just lost right now” without their father, she said.
“He loved his music and he was a good father,” Orris said. “He taught his kids right from wrong. He held them accountable like any good father would do. He was just a fantastic man.”
Although Davis was divorced from Stacy (Orris) Davis, Orris said, the two remained close.
“They may have been divorced, but they remained really good friends,” Orris said. “This has hit all of us very, very hard. It has been an absolute nightmare.”
Investigators from the homicide unit remained on the scene until about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, a neighbor said. Officers were seen carrying several bags from the home.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the homicide unit at 402-444-5656 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP. Tips also can be sent to www.omahacrimestoppers.org.
People who provide information that leads to an arrest in a homicide are eligible for a cash reward of $25,000.