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Police ramping up patrols after 14-year-old in north Omaha shooting dies

Tuesday’s second shooting was the seventh the city has seen in just five days. Since last Thursday, three people — all younger than age 18 — have died in these shootings.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:33 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A 14-year-old shot in the head Tuesday evening near 18th and Binney streets has died, Omaha Police reported Wednesday morning.

OPD said the boy’s name was Desmond Harrison. A previous OPD reported said the boy was 13.

Police said Wednesday that Desmond has been identified as the third person in a photo from the April shooting in Westroads Mall that left 21-year-old Traquez Swift dead. Police said the teen wasn’t charged with anything in relation to that incident but that he was at the mall that day.

Omaha Police homicide detectives circulated this photo April 17, 2021, while investigating a...
Omaha Police homicide detectives circulated this photo April 17, 2021, while investigating a recent shooting at Westroads Mall. The individuals were later identified as Brandon Woolridge-Jones, 18, right, who police said was the getaway driver; and his brother, 16, Makhi Woolridge-Jones, center, who is the suspected shooter. Police said Wednesday, June 9, 2021, that the other individual in the photo is 14-year-old Desmond Harrison, who was killed in a shooting Tuesday evening, June 8, 2021.(Omaha Police Department)

Officers responded to the shooting at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday after ShotSpotter alerted to “numerous gunshots” in the area, according to the OPD report. Upon arrival, they found the victim and began performing life-saving measures until Omaha Fire paramedics arrived and transported the boy to Nebraska Medical Center in “extremely critical condition with CPR in progress.”

OPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the incident. Those with information on the case are asked to call 401-444-STOP or submit a tip at omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips app. Anyone providing information leading to an arrest could be eligible for a $25,000 reward, the release states.

Tuesday’s second shooting was the seventh the city has seen in just five days, but police told 6 News on Wednesday that the shootings weren’t random.

Since last Thursday, three people — all younger than age 18 — have died in these shootings. OPD said some of the suspects they are looking at are also teenagers, and that while not all the shootings are connected, they believe some are gang-related.

Now, authorities say the focus is on getting guns out of the hands of kids.

Police said they are ramping up patrols, but need help from the community, particularly from those who have information about the most recent three shootings.

“They are getting these guns from somewhere. Somebody knows. And these juveniles are going out there and engaging in activities that is leading to trauma,” said Capt. Tom Shaffer, Omaha Police Dept.

Omaha Police said they are pooling all the resources they have and are partnering with state and federal partners to make sure the violence stops.

“Nobody in the city should have to live in fear of letting their kids go out to play because 30 rounds are being fired in broad daylight because of an argument between teenagers,” said Capt. Shaffer.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.

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