OMAHA (KPTM) Gunfire in North Omaha has police scrambling to put the details together.
Units were called to two separate shootings just blocks from each other Sunday afternoon. Just before 1:30 an officer in the area of 42nd and Browne heard several shots fired nearby.
Police say 32-year-old Marcus Chiles was shot in the leg and drove himself to a hospital. He is expected to survive. Investigators say several houses were hit in that gunfire.
Then minutes later another shooting occurred near 39th and Ames Avenue. Officers say they were flagged down after a victim, who was shot in the back, walked into a business.
A teenage male was transported to Creighton university medical center in critical condition with life threatening injuries.
Neighbors say their shocked this happened on their street. "I wasn't expecting anything like this on our block, this has never happened on this block," Resident Jamie Bowles says.
Bowles says this neighborhood used to be quiet, but when the residents of this house moved in, she says it all changed. "That house, when they first moved in here, they've been nothing but problems causing fights with everybody on the block. Be in and out of the house until 4 in the morning drinking, partying, just causing problems with everyone around here," Bowles says.
Now two victims lie in the hospital with gun shot wounds and police are still trying to find the connection. They believe these two incidents may have been related. "At this point in time, we're just trying to gather as much information, talk to witnesses as we can. We just don't have a lot to go on right now," Lieutenant Michael McGee says.
And with the shootings occurring in the daytime, officers say it could've been much worse. "The concerns that you have is there's a lot more people out in the daytime. You can see the traffic up and down Ames Street here. When you have shootings the possibility for innocent victims being struck is a lot greater just by sheer number of people being out," McGee says.
A risk neighbors say they're not going to take. "I don't want to hang outside. Usually we're hanging out in our front yard grilling or in our backyard and with this going on, I don't think I want to be doing any of that anymore," Bowles says.
Hiding inside to stay safe and avoiding gunfire from just down the street.
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