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Westroads Mall shooting: Omaha Police arrest two suspects

OPD booked 16-year-old on first-degree murder charge, 18-year-old on accessory.
Published: Apr. 18, 2021 at 10:13 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police on Sunday arrested two teens, ages 16 and 18, booking the younger on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Saturday’s fatal Westroads Mall shooting.

According to updates from Omaha Police on Sunday, the Metro Fugitive Task Force took Makhi Woolridge-Jones, 16, into custody and arrested 18-year-old Brandon Woolridge-Jones for one count of accessory to a felony.

Brandon is currently in the Douglas County Jail with no bond amount set.

Omaha Police arrested Makhi Woolridge-Jones, left, and Brandon Woolridge-Jones on Sunday, April...
Omaha Police arrested Makhi Woolridge-Jones, left, and Brandon Woolridge-Jones on Sunday, April 18, 2021, following Saturday's shooting at Westroads Mall.(Omaha Police Department)

Traquez Swift, 21, was critically injured around noon Saturday in what police said was a targeted shooting. He died about four hours later.

In their earlier report on the shooting, OPD said that shots were fired on the first floor of the mall near the JCPenney store.

An OPD spokesman said Saturday that the second victim, a 22-year-old female, was also shot. She was driven in a personal vehicle to CHI Immanuel Hospital, but her injury was not considered life-threatening, police said.

“This wasn’t an active shooter situation; however, our department, just taking precautions, treated it as so,” Neil Bonacci with OPD’s information office said as police were investigating the scene Saturday afternoon.

In the aftermath, people gathered in the parking lot trying to process what they had seen and heard.

Police were staged in the same area of the mall just a little more than a month ago. OPD Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck is still recovering after a shooting at Westroads Mall on March 12. Four shots were fired at him, hitting his face and the top of his head.

Bonacci said Saturday that the two incidents were not related.

Anyone with tips about other people who might be involved in the shooting can contact OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP; or submit a tip via omahacrimestoppers.org or the P3 Tips mobile app.

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