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Omaha police: Shots fired in grocery store but nobody shot

March 18, 2020 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shots were fired inside an Omaha grocery store Tuesday night, but there were no shooting victims and a suspect was in custody, police said.

Police and medics were called to the Hy-Vee store on the city’s southwest side just after 6:30 p.m. The suspect was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Omaha police Deputy Chief Ken Kanger said. A woman also suffered minor injuries while fleeing the scene, he said.

A man in his 20s spend about 30 minutes parked in the store long before opening fire on vehicles at the pharmacy drive-through window, Kanger said. He then walked into the store pharmacy area and opened fire.

Employee James Baltes told television station WOWT that he was working in the meat department when he heard the shot.

“I heard a loud bang, and I heard somebody yell, ‘He’s got a gun’ and then just started getting as many people who were there into the back into a cooler for a few minutes, and then just out through the back loading area,” said Baltes.

An off-duty officer and a customer grabbed him and subdued him after a short scuffle for the gun.

A motive for the incident remained unclear.