The assailant who killed a man at a packed Omaha concert venue this weekend had yet to be found late Sunday.
The victim, 28-year-old Jamar Fields, was shot just after a fight came to an end inside Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
The fight and shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, as the previous evening’s concert by hip-hop artists Starlito and Don Trip was wrapping up.
The assailant fired at Fields from just inside the back door of Slowdown. Fields was hit in the torso and leg. He was speaking in the minutes after he was shot but died in the hour after he arrived at Creighton University Medical Center.
The assailant left the north downtown bar in a sport utility vehicle with another man. The killing was the 40th criminal homicide in Omaha this year.
The Slowdown released a statement on the shooting Sunday afternoon, saying the venue was working with Omaha police to find the shooter and encouraged anyone with information to report it to Crime Stoppers.
“It’s a very sad day. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jamar Fields,” the statement read. “Please respect that this is an ongoing investigation upon which we cannot comment at this time.”
Two or three people suffered minor injuries as they hid, ducked and ran, police said. They were shoved and fell, Lt. Jim Pauly said.
The shooting followed a fight during which officers asked for a rush of backup. An officer used a stun gun to stop a person resisting arrest, Pauly said.
Things appeared calm for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, a man opened fire.
Fields was found “once we sifted through the numerous people that were leaving,” Pauly said.
A woman, who declined to offer her name, said she heard two shots.
“Something told me not to come here tonight,” she said as she waited for her cousin to pick her up.
Another witness said he heard two shots and saw someone who was injured on the ground.
A truck driver, who was waiting to pick up his load of Sunday World-Heralds near 13th Street and Capitol Avenue, watched as the aftermath of the shooting unfolded. He described the scene as “horrifying.” He said he “got the worst feeling that you could get” as he saw the Omaha police helicopter lights shining down and emergency vehicles racing to the scene.
The driver, who spoke on condition that he not be named, said that as he got onto the Interstate with his load of newspapers several minutes later, he could still see the flashing lights of multiple police cruisers at the scene.
“I’m not over it; somebody’s son died,” the driver said midmorning Sunday.
It was the first homicide at a downtown-area nightspot since a man was shot in an Old Market parking lot in June 2012 as bars closed. Deanthony Bryant, 19, was slain at 11th and Harney Streets. A suspect was charged in April.
As has become the custom after Omaha homicides, a prayer walk is scheduled to be held at Slowdown on Monday at 5:15 p.m.
Police said anyone with any information about Fields’ killing should call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP (7867) or go to omahacrimestoppers.net. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637) or through the mobile iPhone/Android app “Tip Submit.” Tipsters remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of $25,000 in a homicide case.
Contact the writer: 402-444-1304, Emerson.Clarridge@owh.com
World-Herald staff writers Kevin Cole, Brooke Criswell and Blake Ursch contributed to this report.