Omaha police on Tuesday released photos of an extended cab pickup truck they say was involved in a homicide Monday afternoon at 60th and L Streets.
James E. Womack, 32, who was driving a semitrailer truck, was shot to death, police said. The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m.
The photos released by police show a late 1990s or early 2000s Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck. The color appears to be tan, beige or pewter, and it may have damage in front of the rear, driver's-side wheel.
Craig Kellerman told KMTV that he was driving by the intersection and saw what happened.
He said a man got out of the semi and walked up to a beige pickup to pound on the windows. The man yelled, "What's your problem?"
"(He) said his piece and started walking back to his truck, and as soon as he turned around, from what I could tell, he got shot in the back three times," Kellerman said. "He just kind of collapsed and rolled over. I was just scared for him."
The semi Womack was in had "Hill Bros.” emblazoned on the back of the trailer.
A Hill Brothers Transportation Inc. facility is about a mile and a half west of the intersection. A person who answered the phone Tuesday morning at Hill Brothers said the company would have no comment yet.
Womack was taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy with CPR in progress. He died at the hospital.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the shooter.
“Help and input from the public is essential to getting all the facts and information,” Omaha Police Lt. Kyle Steffen said Monday.
A Metro bus with a camera on board may have video of the shooting, Steffen said.
In addition to the semi, a large commercial truck and a handful of smaller vehicles remained parked at the intersection as police investigated. At least three women, whom police described as witnesses, sat on the concrete median on the west side of the intersection.
Reached by phone Monday night, a woman who identified herself as Womack’s mother-in-law said he had served three tours in Iraq and that he and his wife had raised three children.
Late Monday evening word of Womack’s death shook friends around 40th and Q Streets in South Omaha, where some of his neighbors stood in a front yard to commiserate.
Jeremiah Jones, 37, who lives next door to the Womacks, said Womack “would do anything for anybody.”
“He would joke around and play around. He would help you if you needed help,” Jones said. “He didn’t deserve to get shot. He didn’t ever cause trouble like that.”
Jones happened to drive past the shooting earlier in the day and witnessed emergency personnel administering CPR to Womack, but did not realize it was his neighbor until seeing reports on the news.
Neighbors said Womack was the father of two daughters and a son. The birthday of one of his daughters was Monday.
Jones’ mother, Sue, said Womack “was the best neighbor we ever had.”
“I would say he was the best friend you could have. He was always watching your back. We all loved him to death because he was so sweet. He made sure his family was well taken care of.”
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