Police identify Saturday night shooting victim - Omaha.com
Published Monday, June 24, 2013 at 12:30 am / Updated at 12:38 am
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Police identify Saturday night shooting victim

Police have identified a man who was killed Saturday night in Omaha.

Wardell Johnson, 38, died at Creighton University Medical Center.

He and Dantonio Crossley were shot, and both were taken to the Creighton hospital by ambulance. They were found at BJ's Convenient Food Mart near 42nd Street and Ames Avenue around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Crossley was listed in critical condition on Sunday.

Police said they were unsure of Crossley's age but thought he was 29. Officers were not sure of either victim's address.

Johnson and Crossley were in a vehicle that collided with two other vehicles in a gas station parking lot near 42nd Street and Ames Avenue after the driver was shot.

A witness, who declined to be identified, said he heard gunshots near 42nd Street and Grand Avenue. He then heard a car speed up and drive south toward Ames Avenue.

He then heard a large crash. The car collided with a white Ford Focus and a red Dodge Durango in the BJ's Convenient Food Mart parking lot. The two cars belonged to store employees.

Police were looking into the possibility that the shooting occurred near 42nd and Browne Streets.

On Sunday morning, police pulled over a vehicle that was similar to one seen near the shooting scene. They arrested one person, and two others ran away, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman. He said he was unsure whether the three were suspects in the shooting.

Police said that several witnesses were in the area and asked that anyone with any information contact the homicide unit at 402-444-5656.

Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 402-444-7867 or at omahacrimestoppers.net; send a text message with “OPD” and the information to 274637; or use the mobile application “Tip Submit."

Contact the writer: Emerson Clarridge

emerson.clarridge@owh.com    |   402-444-3106    |  

Emerson Clarridge covers crime at night and in the early morning.

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