A man who was critically wounded in the South Omaha shooting spree two weeks ago is slowly recovering and is now in a rehabilitation center, his mother said.
Aaron Anderson was moved from Creighton University Medical Center to a rehabilitation center last week, said his mother, Donna Anderson. She said he is unable to talk or eat or drink.
Aaron Anderson, 31, was shot in the head and chest by Jorge Abraham Zarazua-Rubio, 25, on June 15. Zarazua-Rubio shot three other men, killing two, before a police officer shot and killed him.
Anderson underwent jaw surgery, so his mouth has been wired shut, and he is using a feeding tube, his mother said. It is too soon to tell if he will fully recover and be himself again, she said.
“It has been a long road, but Aaron still has a long way to recovery,” said Donna Anderson, 76.
Aaron Anderson is going to work on his speech and mobility while in rehab, his mother said. She said doctors will challenge him to stretch his vocal cords by making noises to help him talk again.
“The worst for him is not being able to drink water or eat,” she said. “He so badly wants to drink water.”
If she could, Donna Anderson, a mother of seven, said she would tell Zarazua-Rubio that shooting her son was “needless.”
Police say Aaron Anderson knew the gunman, who showed up at his apartment with another man. After Zarazua-Rubio opened fire on Anderson, the other man drove off.
Zarazua-Rubio left Anderson's apartment on foot and continued walking through South Omaha. He shot Angel Cabrera about 20 minutes later, on 33rd Street. Cabrera, 46, remains in serious condition at Creighton University Medical Center.
Minutes later, Zarazua-Rubio shot Pascual Bautista-Raymundo, 25, multiple times in the neck, and shortly after that shot Anthony Vazzano, 25. Bautista-Raymundo and Vazzano later died at Creighton University Medical Center.
Officer Coral Walker shot and killed Zarazua-Rubio in a gunfight near Dahlman Avenue and F Street. Walker was not injured.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has said preliminary toxicology reports show that Zarazua-Rubio had methamphetamine in his system when he died.
Authorities found methamphetamine at the apartment that Aaron Anderson shared with his girlfriend, Kleine said. The girlfriend, Amy Hockabout, 33, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Aaron Anderson had a criminal record in Pottawattamie County, where he served jail time. Two women had obtained protection orders against him, according to court records.