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5 injured are identified

A spokesman for University of Nebraska Medical Center, which treated victims in two weekend shootings, said about 1:30 today that none of the five people injured in the shooting at 3402 Parker St., in which three people were killed, remained at the hospital.

The five are Treveon Lillard, 20; Trenelle Miller, 21; Johnny Tiller, 21; Jordyn Zyla, 20; and Andrelet Bush, 26.

Two people shot Friday night nearby — at 1710 N. 32nd St. — were treated and released from UNMC. They were Mahogany Phillip, 38, and Liondell Richard, 27. 

Prayer walk takes raucous turn

A prayer walk was held Sunday afternoon to ask for peace in the community. The 3 p.m. gathering near 34th and Parker Streets ended in chaos after emotions flared.

Slain woman was activist's daughter

Latecia Fox, one of the women killed Saturday, was the adopted daughter of Clarice Jackson, a special education activist who unsuccessfully ran for the Nebraska Board of Education last year.

Jackson has called Fox the inspiration for her Voice Advocacy Center, a "Special Education Advocacy, Dyslexia Screening and Tutoring Center servicing families of children who receive special education services."

A memorial fund has been set up to help pay for Fox's funeral expenses: Latecia Fox Memorial Service Fund

The Empowerment Network President Willie Barney posted this message Saturday on his Facebook: "My prayers go out to all of the families impacted by this senseless violence. There's more to say about this and other issues, but I will save that for another day. Right now, our focus should be on the families that have suffered loss and making sure those responsible are identified."

No new violence; no arrests

Police reported no new gun violence Sunday, one day after Omaha was rocked by three homicides and five other assaults caused by gunfire in the city’s north side.

No arrests have been announced either following Police Chief Todd Schmaderer’s appeal to witnesses to please come forward and help catch the people responsible for another round of senseless gang violence.

Those killed Saturday at 3402 Parker St. were identified as Jakela Foster, 19, Latecia J. Fox, 24, and Cameron R. Harris, 26. Both women were pronounced dead in the front yard; Harris died in the afternoon at the Nebraska Medical Center.

The four male victims shot at that address are documented gang members, the chief said. He said the house was unoccupied and empty of furnishings, but 40 to 50 partygoers were inside and outside the home.

Two people were shot about a block away, at 1710 N. 32nd St., just after 10 p.m. Friday. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The chief also described that shooting as gang-related.

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A lingering dispute among three sects of the Bloods gang is likely behind one of the worst single shootings in recent Omaha history, according to a person familiar with the police investigation.

Three people were slain and five others were wounded at 1:44 a.m. Saturday during a party at a northeast Omaha house. Four men and four women were hit as multiple shooters exchanged gunfire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.

The eight were among 10 people struck by bullets late Friday and early Saturday.

“The violence we are seeing here is the product of gang members who have no regard for human life,” the chief said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. “We will do everything in our power to bring the shooters to justice.”

Top police officials, including Schmaderer and his deputy chiefs, were at the Parker Street scene in the early morning hours. He said some suspected gang members who were there — amid sobbing family members — showed no compassion for the dead.

“We will not stand for this level of violence,” the chief said.

Schmaderer also said the latest violence is part of a constant cycle of gang retaliation that goes back as much as two or three years.

Those killed at 3402 Parker St. were Jakela Foster, 19, Latecia J. Fox, 24, and Cameron R. Harris, 26. Both women were pronounced dead in the front yard; Harris died in the afternoon at the Nebraska Medical Center.

The four male victims shot at that address are documented gang members, the chief said. He said the house was unoccupied and empty of furnishings, but partygoers were inside and outside the home.

Two people were shot about a block away, at 1710 N. 32nd St., just after 10 p.m. Friday. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The chief also described that shooting as gang-related.

He vowed a heavier police presence in the area to prevent retaliation. But Schmaderer also called on the community to help — to provide information to police.

He said “the vast majority” of the 40 to 50 people at the party would not talk to police because they might have feared retaliation, but he urged them to contact authorities now. He promised to keep any contacts confidential.

“We have means at our disposal to protect what you say to us and protect your safety,” the chief said.

Mayor Jean Stothert echoed the chief’s call for help. “These witnesses must cooperate with police to arrest those responsible,” she said in a statement. “We need a cooperating community.”

Nearly half of Omaha’s 33 homicides last year involved either a victim or suspect with a gang affiliation, police have said.

The Parker Street shooting appears to be one of the worst in recent Omaha history.

No one could recall a single crime scene with that many shooting victims, other than the mass shooting at the Von Maur department store in 2007. Eight people were slain there and five injured by a gunman who took his own life after his rampage.

In July 2012, 10 people were injured in six separate shooting incidents over a weekend. All those victims survived.

One of the victims of Saturday’s Parker Street shooting, Cameron R. Harris, was injured in a Nov. 29 shooting at a west Omaha bar. Harris and two other men were shot but not seriously hurt about 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Rehab Lounge near 120th Street and West Center Road. David J. Brown, 21, is awaiting trial on felony assault charges.

The same gang factions involved in the Parker Street homicides also feuded at Native Omaha Days in 2013, the person familiar with Saturday’s case said.

Fights at hospital

The emotions of the victims’ relatives flared at the Nebraska Medical Center about an hour after the Parker Street shooting. A large disturbance drew officers from across the city to quell the crowd. Two people were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and one person had to be subdued with a stun gun.

Omaha police locked down the facility from 3 to 3:30 a.m. after “scuffles” took place outside the emergency department, said Taylor Wilson, a hospital spokesman. Patients already inside the emergency department were not moved.

“Everything operated as normal inside. We just were not allowing other people to come in at that point,” Wilson said. He was not aware of any ambulances that were diverted during the lockdown.

At the scene

Beneath a street light shortly before dawn near the Parker Street shooting scene, two men hugged each other and moaned.

A relative of one of the victims pleaded unsuccessfully with a police officer to take her to one of the bodies in the front yard of the home at 3402 Parker St.

“I just want to know if it’s her,” she said again and again.

Later in the morning, more friends and family of the victims gathered, talking with police and comforting each other.

The neighborhood where the shootings occurred, near Prospect Hill Cemetery, is also home to a barbershop, Shaves and Fades, and a liquor store.

The house where the shooting occurred earlier Friday is near a playground and community garden.

Other violence

The weekend shootings follow a burst of violence in the city this month that included two other slayings last week. Roberto Gonzalez, 20, was shot to death Thursday near 24th and P Streets. Jameson Toler, 29, was shot and killed the same morning in a parking lot at the northwest corner of Maple Street and Maplewood Boulevard.

The city has recorded nine homicides this year, 11 since Dec. 21. At this time last year, there had been one.

Stothert, who was in St. Louis visiting her mother this weekend, also said in her statement:

“Chief Todd Schmaderer and I are committed to reducing gun violence through community policing, providing resources our officers need and making our city safe for everyone.”

Contact the writers: 402-444-3106, emerson.clarridge@owh.com; 402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com; 402-444-1414, paige.yowell@owh.com, 402-444-1272, kevin.cole@owh.com

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