Lincoln Police investigating multiple shootings early Monday morning

'It was too close for comfort,' neighbor says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Police say they are investigating several shootings that happened early Monday morning.

The first report of shots fired came in around 3 a.m. near 28th and Merrill Streets, just south of 27th Street and Leighton Avenue.

About six minutes later, another call came in with reports of a shooting in the area of 48th to 56th and Adams Streets.

Lincoln Police said they received several calls from different locations regarding the same incidents.

The intersection of 56th and Adams was blocked off for a brief time after multiple shell casings were found in the area.  An officer at the scene said the casings were connected to other shootings in the city.

There were no shell casings found near 28th and Merrill, police said. At this time, there are no reported damage or injuries from the shootings.

One man near 28th and Merrill said he was awoken by the sound of gunshots, saying “it was too close for comfort.”

“It was just, like, right out the window, you can just, six shots and that was it and then it got quiet,” he said. “Three o’clock in the morning, you just like lay in bed, don’t want to move, like, stay still. You never know what’s going on, a fight or drugs or whatever.”

The man wished to remain anonymous but said he’s worried about the increase in crime lately after a bullet hit his house a few months ago.

Another Lincoln resident, Ivan Wilkes, didn’t hear any gunshots, but after being told about it, said he isn’t worried because “you gotta really look” for trouble in Lincoln.

“As long as you just don’t look for trouble, you won’t find it,” he said.

Wilkes said he moved here from California when he was a kid because his mom wanted a safer and cheaper place to raise a family.

“You can turn on the news, and there’s a murder or a stabbing every day now. It’s crazy and it just doesn’t make any sense in this small, little town,” Wilkes said. “I do feel like overall, Lincoln and Nebraska in general is a pretty safe place.”

Officers investigating this case have been asking Lincoln residents for information, but at this time, no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000.

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