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15-year-old boy in critical condition after being shot early Friday morning in Omaha

Posted at 12:09 PM, May 19, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Police Department said in a news release Friday morning that it is investigating an early morning shooting during which a 15-year-old boy was injured and taken to Nebraska Medicine in critical condition.

The suspect has not been located and an area residence was damaged due to the gunfire.

At 3:30 a.m. officers responded to the area of South 40th Street between Frederick and Vinton for multiple 911 calls related to shots being fired. The teenager was found with a gunshot wound.

Police allege that several individuals, including the gunshot victim, were breaking into vehicles in the area. That group of individuals were allegedly confronted by a vehicle owner and the teenager was shot.

OPD: "We are asking for anyone in the area that has new damage to their vehicle or has cameras on their residence to please contact the Felony Assault Unit at 402-444-4600."

Updates are not being made available on the teen's condition. Police say there's no indication he was armed with a weapon.

Paul Vadovski, a resident nearby, said after learning what happened, he now believes someone scrambled to his door shortly after the shooting, hearing a "panicked" knock at 3:28 a.m., which he didn't answer.

He said it's usually a quiet neighborhood, where people sometimes leave doors unlocked.

"I'm sure that's not going to happen anymore," he said.

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