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Teen wanted on murder warrant in Omaha mall shooting

OMAHA, NEB. — A murder warrant has been issued for a teenage boy suspected in a shooting at a Nebraska mall that left one man dead and a woman injured, police said Sunday.

Omaha Police said 16-year-old Makhi Woolridge-Jones is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting Saturday at the Westroads Mall in Omaha. Brandon Woolridge-Jones, 18, has been arrested on a charge of being an accessory to the shooting.

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Police did not describe the relationship between the two young men.

Police said a third man has been identified as a person of interest in the shooting, but did not release his name.

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Terrified shoppers fled for cover as shots rang out around midday near a J.C. Penney store at the mall

People hug in the parking lot after a shooting at Westroads Mall on on April 17, 2021 in Omaha, Neb.
People hug in the parking lot after a shooting at Westroads Mall on on April 17, 2021 in Omaha, Neb. (Chris Machian / Omaha World-Herald)

Police said 21-year-old Trequez Swift was shot and died at an Omaha hospital. A woman, 22-year-old Ja’Keya Veland, was wounded in her leg, but her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Authorities have not described the circumstances leading up to the shooting, but said it was an isolated incident and not a random attack.

Last month, Omaha Police Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot at four times by a 21-year-old man who was accused of shoplifting T-shirts from J.C. Penney at Westroads. Wittstruck survived.

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In 2007, a gunman killed eight people and himself inside the Von Maur department store at Westroads.

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