Gunman in South Omaha spree had meth in his system - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 12:11 pm
Gunman in South Omaha spree had meth in his system

The 25-year-old gunman in a South Omaha shooting rampage died with methamphetamine in his system, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Monday.

Preliminary toxicology reports from an autopsy indicate that Jorge Abraham Zarazua-Rubio had consumed meth at some point before the June 15 killing spree that left two people dead and two more critically wounded. But how much meth had yet to be determined, Kleine said.

Zarazua-Rubio, 25, was born in Mexico, according to the Mexican Consulate in Omaha.

Authorities — including Omaha police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials — have not been able to say how long he's been in the U.S. or if whether was here legally.

Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman, said detectives are still trying to determine Zarazua-Rubio's permanent address and how long he lived in Omaha.

Jorge Espejel, the Mexican consul in Omaha, plans to talk Tuesday with Zarazua-Rubio's father, who is traveling to Omaha from Minneapolis, and his mother, who lives in Mexico. The mother will be connected via videoconferencing or conference call so they can be interviewed together.

The consulate hopes to learn about the man and his family as well as what arrangements the parents might want to make for their son's body.

Police said Zarazua-Rubio only knew his first victim; the rest were killed or wounded at random over a 30-minute span.

They said Zarazua-Rubio and another man entered Aaron Anderson's secured apartment building at 3104 Hascall St. about 2 p.m. June 15. Anderson, 31, was shot in the head and chest. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition. No update has been released on his condition.

The gunman walked through South Omaha neighborhoods for 30 minutes, covering more than a mile.

About 20 minutes after Anderson was shot, Angel Cabrera, 46, was wounded at 3901 S. 33rd St. He reportedly was shot in the head and taken to CU Medical Center in critical condition. He was expected to survive.

Pascual Bautista-Raymundo, 25, was shot a few minutes later at 3309 E St. He was found in an alley, wounded multiple times in the neck. He died at CU Medical Center.

Shortly after Bautista-Raymundo was shot, Anthony Vazzano, 25, was shot while mowing a lawn near 34th and F Streets. He also died at CU Medical Center.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has said “other innocent lives would have been lost” had Officer Coral Walker not fatally shot the gunman along Dahlman Avenue south of F Street.

The gunman, who had two loaded magazines on him, was hit multiple times.

Walker, who has been on the force for 13 years, was not injured. He was placed on paid administrative leave as part of the standard investigation that follows officer-involved shootings, but has returned to duty.

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