By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - An Omaha man is in critical condition Sunday night after neighbors say someone shot hit him in the leg.
Police say 37-year-old Michael Butler was shot around 1:30 p.m. near 32nd and Lafayette. Neighbors said he was shot in the leg. Medics transported him to a local hospital where he underwent surgery.
People who heard the gunfire tell Fox 42 News that Butler was struck while he was getting ready for a barbecue with three friends. Someone drove by and fired at them several times.
People in the area said they heard over a dozen gunshots. There are shell casings littering the street.
Officers continue to investigate the area; they're searching for any stray bullets that may have hit houses or cars, any clues left behind. Neighbors say enough is enough.
Police cars surround the neighborhood after a man was gunned down. "Never seen anything like this before."
Otis Westbrook came home from church to find a crime scene blocking off the area. "This neighborhood there is a lot of older people living here and they will not come out of their homes, it's almost like we are living in prison," he said.
A 79-year-old woman, now stuck inside her home, trapped behind yellow tape, saw everything. "My mother was pulling up in her driveway and she saw four guys jump the fence and one of them was shot in front of her."
Harriette Washington says her mother is devastated. "She's upset because she knows these young boys and they grew up in the neighborhood."
She begs for the gun violence in Omaha to stop. "It's a community effort, it's not isolated, it's going to take a collaborative effort."
As Vice President of the homeowner's association, it's an effort Westbrook says needs to happen. Not only does he want his neighborhood working together against crime. He hopes police step up their presence as well. "We need more patrol, I mean police patrol, riding through the neighborhood, checking up. Not picking on people but just riding through the neighborhood making sure everything is quite and peaceful. We don't ever, ever get that until we have something like this today," Westbrook said.
Police say they will find who did this. They said someone in the area knows what happened. Investigators continue to interview witnesses, however they're asking anyone with information to come forward and cooperate. They say you will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
Call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.
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