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21-year-old man charged in Omaha Hy-Vee shots fired incident

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Posted at 7:17 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:45:02-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Police Department has released the name of the man who allegedly fired at two vehicles in a Hy-Vee Drive-Thru on Tuesday evening.

Jacob Muhle, 21, has been charged with one count of attempted felony assault, two counts of terroristic threats, two counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, five counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony and one count of destruction of property. He has been booked into Douglas County Corrections.

On Tuesday, Omaha Police responded to a shots fired incident inside the Hy-Vee near 180th & Q St around 6:30 p.m.

Deputy Chief Ken Kanger said the man shot at cars parked in the pharmacy drive-thru.

He also said the man shot into a front window as he entered the store, then shot at a monitor once he got inside.

According to a press release by the Omaha Police Department, a woman received minor injuries while fleeing the store.

Deputy Chief Scott Gray, who was off-duty at the time, heard the gunshots while inside the store.

"There was another customer that was inside the store that also saw the armed individual as he circled around the cashiers and started to head back towards the west side where he originally entered inside this door. The patron and Deputy Chief Scott Gray ended up taking the suspect down," said Deputy Chief Kanger.

Deputy Chief Kanger added there was a small altercation when they tried to take the gun from the man but he was eventually taken into custody.

"It came out as an active shooter after he entered the store… obviously one of the more challenging and frightening calls that comes to a community—comes to the Omaha Police Department—and we're just extremely fortunate and grateful no one was seriously injured here," said Deputy Chief Kanger.

The suspect's motives are not known but police are investigating.