Three people were killed and five people were injured in an early Saturday morning “gang-related” shooting at an unoccupied home in Omaha, Nebraska, police said. Jakela Foster, 19, and Latisha Fox, 24, were found dead from gunshot wounds at a house party in the northwest part of Nebraska's biggest city that police were called to at 1:44 a.m. (2:44 a.m. ET), said Police Chief Todd Schmaderer during a Saturday afternoon news conference. Twenty-six-year-old Cameron Harris later died at the hospital, Schmaderer said. Two more victims were brought to the hospital in serious condition, and three more people suffering from gunshot wounds were also hospitalized, police said.
More than 40 people were at the empty home when the “gang-related” violence broke out, Schmaderer said. Omaha police later arrested Christopher T. Grotell, and are investigating if he had any involvement in the shootings. Schmaderer said none of the witnesses would assist police on the scene, but appealed to party goers to come forward now that they “have an opportunity to be away from any intimidation.”
Schmaderer said four male victims are affiliated with gangs. “The violence that we’re seeing here is the product of gang members that have no regard for human life,” he added.
— Elisha Fieldstadt