A man with an AR-15-style rifle opened fire inside a Target store in Omaha and was shot dead by police Tuesday afternoon after panicked shoppers and employees rushed to safety.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the man was “plenty of ammunition” and that evidence suggested he fired multiple times, but whether he fired at anyone remains to be seen. I did not understand.
Schmaderer said no injuries were found, and police searched the store “because there were some people hiding there.”
Customer Kathy Mahana said there was “absolute panic” in the store.
A 62-year-old woman was near the entrance of a store, choosing Valentine’s Day gifts for her young grandchildren when she heard a bang. I saw you running.
A shopper told her there was an active shooter and she fled. She heard at least one more shot inside the store and a few more shots while outside.
Mahannah was so upset that at first he couldn’t find his car and jumped into it with a stranger.
“I heard gunshots in that parking lot and I was like, ‘Where am I supposed to hide? I don’t know what to do,'” she said.
The police chief said several 911 calls were made shortly before noon and officers arrived at the store within minutes.
“The first officers to arrive entered the building, confronted the suspect and shot him dead,” Schmaderer said at a news conference about an hour after the shooting. “He had an AR-15 rifle and lots of ammo.”
Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibald said in a statement that all guests and team members have been safely evacuated from the store, which remains closed indefinitely.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Neil Bonacci said officers are trained to enter such scenes quickly to prevent mass casualties.
“We have learned a lot from other jurisdictions, other regions and other cities that have unfortunately gone through this,” he said. “Come in now. We’re trained to do that. Whether he’s one officer or he’s ten, we go in and neutralize the threat.”