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Rehab Lounge Owner Reflects on 2 Shootings in 3 Years

Rehab Lounge Owner Reflects on 2 Shootings in 3 Years
Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 18:50:42-05

An early morning shooting Monday that sent a man to the hospital is the second incident of gunfire at a West Omaha nightclub in three years.

Police were called to Rehab Lounge just after 2 a.m. Monday. A man told investigators he heard gunfire in the parking lot then realized he had been shot. He was taken to the hospital and released later that day.

Tommy Nguyen, a partner at Rehab, says security video inside the nightclub shows the man who helped the victim inside after the shooting.

For Nguyen, the shooting brought up old memories.

"If I'm scared to be in my own place, that's a problem," Nguyen said. "And there was a time I was scared to be in my own place."

In November 2014, three men were shot outside of the club. Each of the victims survived and an arrest was made a few weeks later.

Nguyen says he's added security, changed the dress code and worked with different people since the first shooting. On Sunday night, he had four security guards working, a few of which have military backgrounds.

After the first incident, Nguyen says he's testified for the Omaha City Council. Once the investigation of Monday's shooting is complete, evidence could be forwarded to the Nebraska Attorney General in the form of a tavern complaint. The attorney general and the state's Liquor Control Commission could take action against Rehab.

In the meantime, Omaha police are still looking for the person who pulled the trigger. Omaha police spokesperson Officer Michael Pecha says anyone with information should contact the department or submit tips through CrimeStoppers.

Nguyen says he hopes to keep moving forward and learning from each situation.

"You walk down memory lane and you ask yourself, 'Are we in this situation again? Are we this bad?' And the answer is: absolutely not," Nguyen said.