A young woman was fatally wounded in a shooting at the Irvington Walmart Supercenter late Wednesday afternoon.
As of Wednesday night, no arrests had been made in the slaying of KayViaun T. Nelson, 21. Police were searching for a 2001 bronze Chevy Malibu four door with a possible Nebraska plate of VVT 545.
The shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m., and Nelson was reported dead about 9 p.m.
Omaha Police Lt. Amy Oetter said the woman had been involved in a dispute elsewhere in Omaha and “it came to a head” in the Walmart lot. The store is alongside Interstate 680 near the Blair High Road interchange.
Nelson’s Facebook page, which hasn’t been updated since 2015, indicates that she had worked as a cashier at a Walmart.
Nelson apparently had been behind the wheel of a silver SUV when she was shot. Her SUV continued forward in the parking lot until it struck a Chevrolet pickup truck, Oetter said.
The first police officers on the scene gave Nelson emergency medical care.
“They were doing their best to try to give aid,” Oetter said.
Nelson was taken to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy.
The report of the shooting at the store at 6304 N. 99th St. came in about 4:50 p.m. and it appears to have occurred near the garden center. Omaha police officers told emergency dispatchers that they had found shell casings in that area.
Lynnette Robinson, a manager at the Cato clothing store across the street, witnessed the aftermath. She saw police in the Walmart parking lot and an ambulance near the gray SUV.
Paramedics loaded someone on a stretcher into the ambulance, she said, and several minutes later left with red lights and sirens going.
“You could hear bystanders crying, so I knew something had happened,” said Robinson, 39.
As word of the shooting spread, some of her regular customers became concerned. “We even had a few call up here to make sure we were OK.”
About 45 minutes after the shooting, officers were seen patting down a male in a red jacket and putting him in a police cruiser. It’s not known if he is a suspect or was being detained for a different reason.
Some time later, a man pulled up to the shooting scene in a gray Ford Fusion and appeared to be pleading with an officer guarding the perimeter to give him the victim’s name.
“Please, just call, just call ... it’s my baby ... I can’t believe you’re asking me to be respectful when I might be losing my daughter.”
A reporter offered to provide information. The man asked, was it a silver SUV? With in-transit plates?
He dropped to his knees. “It’s my baby.”
World-Herald staff writer Mara Klecker contributed to this report.