Police chief provides new details in shooting death of Lincoln teen

Majdal Elias, arrested Wednesday, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Ali Al-Burkat. Al-Burkat was a student at Lincoln Northeast.
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Authorities on Thursday released additional information regarding the arrest of a 24-year-old Lincoln man for the murder of a high school student.

Majdal Elias, arrested Wednesday, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Ali Al-Burkat. Al-Burkat was a student at Lincoln Northeast.

Last September, officers responded to the area of N. 7th St. and Fletcher Ave. on reports of gunshots. As officers responded to the area, the 911  Emergency Communications Center received additional information that a male had been shot and was in need of medical assistance.

Officers were directed to the business parking lot at 1404 Superior Street and began CPR. Al-Burkat was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined that Al-Burkat was shot while in the 5500 block of N. 7th St. Investigators processed the scene for forensic and digital evidence, as well as conducted a neighborhood canvass for additional witnesses and video surveillance.

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said those efforts developed Elias as a suspect. Investigators were able to identify the vehicle driven by Elias, and track his movements before and after the shooting.

Additional corroborative details resulted from the examination of shell casings located at the scene along with detailed interviews of the occupants of the vehicle who were with Al-Burkat when he was murdered.

Bliemeister said investigators determined Al-Burkat was originally in the area that night to rob a person not involved with the shooting for marijuana.

Police said Elias had been arrested in October for an unrelated drug charge. Bliemeister said investigators don’t believe Al-Burkat and Elias knew each other and that Elias acted alone in the incident.

“We have a lot of different info to evaluate such as source of the weapon, where it is,” he said. “So the potential for additional arrests s there but we have nothing to suggest Majdal acted in concert with anyone else in the shooting death of Ali Al-Burkat.”

Anyone with additional details should call Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600 or the Lincoln Police Department at (402) 441-6000.