Scene photos courtesy of Grand Island Independent.
Grand Island police have identified the victim in a Wednesday evening downtown shooting as 52-year old Todd Elsbernd, a Grand Island attorney.
The shooting took place at around 6:30 p.m. on Locust Street outside the Downtown Center. Elsbernd's law office is located inside the center.
Grand Island police say Elsbernd was standing in the street at his vehicle when he was shot by an unknown suspect. The suspect shot Elsbernd from the public parking lot near the northeast corner of Locust Street and Front Street. Elsbernd was taken to St. Francis where he died.
His co-workers describe Elsbernd as a family man first, and an attorney second. They say the friendships he formed during his 16 years at the Bradley Law Office have made him more of a brother than a colleague.
"I keep thinking we're going to wake up from this nightmare and that it will never have happened, but as the day progresses, it's all too real," fellow attorney Mike Kneale said.
Witnesses told police the suspect was parked in the parking lot for a considerable length of time before the shooting. Police say the shooting was not a random act and that Elsbernd was targeted by the suspect.
Police are looking for a white male wearing glasses and driving a small light-colored car.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call GIPD at 308-385-5400.