Teacher recalls being shot near Gene Leahy Mall

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 19:20:28-04

An Elkhorn kindergarten teacher is shot during a night out for a friend's birthday in Downtown Omaha, Now, police need your help identifying the people involved.


At about 1:30am Sunday, police were called to a shooting at 13th & Douglas Streets.  There they find Taylor Anderson, 25, had been shot in the hip.  Police say two groups of men about half a block away near the Gene Leahy Mall exchanged gunfire and one of the bullets hit Anderson.


She has since left the hospital and is recovering at home.  Anderson said she knew something wasn't right when she saw one of the groups wearing hoods that were concealing their faces.


"Just being shot in general and seeing the amount of blood was just terrifying,” Anderson explained.  "We really got caught up in something we weren't supposed to be in, wrong place wrong time type of thing."


The area around the Leahy Mall can be very busy late on weekend nights, and fights and shootings have taken place in the last 5 years.


Anderson says she won't let the incident keep her from going back downtown, and it shouldn't for others either.


"I'll probably kind of lay low from the old market for a while but I mean Omaha's my home I lived here all my life and I don't want this event to deter me from enjoying everything the city has to offer," Anderson concluded.


Anderson wanted to thank the off-duty sheriff and EMT's for taking care of her early Sunday morning.


If you have any information on whom the shooting suspects are call the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-7867.  You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $10,000 cash reward.