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Prosecutor: Teen charged in killing planned ‘to hunt people’

June 29, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with murder in the killing of an Omaha man had exchanged several texts with friends the day of the shooting that said they planned “to hunt for people” in the projects of north Omaha, according to prosecutors.

A prosecutor gave those details Monday at a bond hearing for the teen, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The teen is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons count in the March 12 shooting death of 59-year-old Larry Thompson, who was sitting on his porch when he was fatally shot. First responders found Thompson wounded and rushed him to an area hospital, where he later died.

Prosecutor Natalie Killion said the teen borrowed his father’s car the day of the shooting, picked up friends in Sioux City, Iowa, then returned to Omaha. Officials have said the teen is known to be affiliated with gang members, and said he and the people he was with sent each other the texts before turning their phones off.

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Police say a car matching the one registered to the teen’s father was seen near the shooting scene, and a search of the vehicle turned up a disposable glove that had the teens’ DNA and gunshot residue on it.

A judge ordered the teen held without bond. The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.