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Shooting suspect says he fired ‘before he could be shot at’

Published: Jul. 26, 2020 at 6:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 4:51 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A teenager arrested for a shooting at 27th and Y streets on Sunday told police that he only shot the 31-year-old victim after he saw the man pull out a gun.

LPD said 18-year old Tony Bush Jr. is facing charges for attempted second-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and tampering with evidence.

Investigators said Bush turned himself in at the Lancaster County Jail around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

The shooting happened on Sunday around 6 p.m., near 27th and Y Streets.

Responding officers found a 31-year old man covered in blood and unresponsive, according to LPD. First responders performed CPR before the victim was rushed to the hospital.

LPD said the man suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to court records, Bush Jr. told police when he was arrested the victim had pulled a gun on him a month prior, leading him to purchase a handgun for self-defense.

He then told LPD that he pulled up to a stoplight at 27th and Y, and the man was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle next to him.

According to the court records, Bush Jr. said the victim pulled out a handgun after saying “I got you now homie.”

Bush Jr. claims he then fired before he could be shot at, according to the documents.

Police said Bush Jr. then sped away and disposed of the gun in a lake before turning himself in.

LPD is investigating the validity of the claims.

He is due back in court on August 31 at 10 a.m.

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