Omaha police say that a semi truck driver has passed away following a possible road rage shooting that happened during rush hour in a busy intersection yesterday.
Person in semi suffers life-threatening injuries in shooting near 60th and L Streets https://t.co/LL8HEm3XeB pic.twitter.com/KK7vvcTnNB
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) September 18, 2017
Trucker Shot At Busy Intersection
The truck driver has been identified as 32 year old James Womack.
Omaha police responded to the scene of the shooting at the intersection of 60th and L Street at 4:30 p.m. yesterday. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Womack inside or near a Hill Bros. truck suffering from a gunshot wound. According to reports, a nurse who had been passing by was attempting to keep Womack alive by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
A Hill Bros. Transportation facility is located less than two miles from the intersection where the shooting took place.
Witness told me silver Kia Optima had dash cam video of incident. Several witnesses taken to OPD headquarters. pic.twitter.com/sGfNGr06ID
— Maya Saenz – KMTV (@Maya_Reports) September 18, 2017
Womack was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.
Omaha police are working to sort out the events leading up to Womack’s shooting.
Witness Believes Shooting Was Road Rage Related
One witness, Craig Kellerman, said that there was some sort of altercation between Womack and a pickup truck driver before the shooting, according to 1011 Now.
Kellerman stated, “Driver of the semi-truck got out, pounded on the window of the pickup. I’m assuming there was some sort of vehicle altercation traffic-wise. He yelled at him. [He] turned around to walk back to his truck. Said whatever he needed to say and was done. And, turned around and he got shot in the back – what I heard – three times.”
The suspect left the scene in the pickup truck after the shooting.
Omaha Police Ask For Help In Locating Suspect
Police say that they are still investigating and that it is too early to say whether road rage is to blame. Investigators do have dash cam video from a Kia that was nearby during the shooting. They may also be able to obtain video from a city bus. Numerous witnesses were interviewed after the incident.
This morning, the Omaha Police Department released several photos of the pickup believed to have been involved in the shooting incident. Investigators believe that the vehicle is a late 1990’s or early 2000’s Chevy Silverado extended cab that is tan, beige, or pewter. No description of the suspect has yet been released.
Take a look at the photos of the suspected shooter’s pickup below.
The incident is being treated as a homicide investigation. If you know anything about the shooting, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.