An Omaha shooting that left a man critically injured and another facing four criminal charges may have begun with a disagreement over a woman.
The case of Rashee Harris, 23, facing charges of first-degree assault, use of a weapon, possession of a stolen weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sent to Douglas County District Court on Monday for trial.
At Harris' preliminary hearing Monday, Police Officer Antwone Finch said Harris and two other men began arguing with another group of men outside My Place Lounge, also known as Club 2000, on July 13, possibly over the woman. Finch, an Omaha Public Schools resource officer, was working off-duty security outside the nightclub near 22nd and Lake Streets.
Finch said he separated the groups of men that came out of the club about 1:45 a.m., but they continued to argue while Harris and his acquaintances moved across Lake Street.
Finch testified that he then saw Harris pull a handgun from his waistband and fire two or three rounds in the direction of Finch and the group that Harris had been arguing with. Harris and his buddies ran from the scene, the officer said.
Finch said he and other officers caught Harris and at least one of his two acquaintances.
Harris allegedly tossed a handgun near a police cruiser, Finch said.
“They were caught in a matter of minutes,'' he said.
Authorities later learned that Jerrell Jackson, 24, had been struck in the groin by a bullet and was taken by private vehicle to Creighton University Medical Center.
Another officer, Detective Jessica Swanson, said a .22-caliber handgun that was stolen in Douglas County was used in the shooting outside Club 200, which is near a popular north Omaha eatery, Chi-town Chicken.
She said she interviewed Jackson at the hospital, and he said he didn't know who shot him.
Two other officers spotted Harris with the handgun, she said, but didn't see the shooting.