Witnesses react to potential hostage situation

Posted at 5:53 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 18:53:27-04

A potential hostage situation in a busy neighborhood had a massive police response Thursday morning.

As Omaha Police blocked off streets around the Auto Zone near Saddle Creek and Cuming Street, family, friends, and nearby businesses waited to see how the situation would play out

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“We work with those guys all day every day, they are probably here 10 times a day and take stuff over, they are good folks over there” said Ted Ostronic, with Unique Auto Ink across the street.

Auto Zone employee, Demarcus Hardy, said the situation started when another employee saw the suspect enter the store.

“She was smoking and she saw him putting on gloves and said this isn't right and she saw him hop out with a gun and she came over here to mama's pizza and called the police,” said Hardy.

He said the situation was unnerving, “Makes you want to move and get another job, and I can't come to this like that, if it happens one time it will happen again.

One woman working inside the store told her husband she had a gun pointed at her.

Police are still investigating what exactly happened and have one man in for questioning.