Spike in local gang violence

Posted By: Camila Orti

Lincoln Police are asking for the community's help to curb a recent spike in gang activity.

Three separate counts of gang-related violence happened Sunday, one of which ended in the deaths of two men.

“We are bound together as a community to ensure that gangs do not get a foothold in our communities,” Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Peschong said.

A shooting at an apartment complex near 18th and G streets killed 20-year-old Erick Musito just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say it's the fifth homicide in Lincoln this year.

Earlier that morning, a gang fight at El Charro sent one man to the hospital after he was hit in the head with a beer bottle. Police arrested 30-year-old Oscar Saenz and 21-year-old Julio Granado for assault.

Around 5 p.m., another gang-related dispute ended in a shot being fired near 33rd and Holdrege. Police say the bullet hit a nearby building.

19-year-old Anthony Donald was arrested in connection to that incident for failure to comply.

Maurice Baker lives less than a block away from where the shot was fired. He says it's everyone's responsibility to reduce gang violence.

“Living here 40 years, yes, I've called the police on different occasions,” Baker said.

Police say it's better to call than to risk your own safety or the safety of others.