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Lincoln Police arrest 23-year-old man for shooting two people last week

Lincoln Police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Thompson on several charges including two counts of...
Lincoln Police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Thompson on several charges including two counts of first degree assault.(KOLN)
Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 4:53 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Police arrested a 23-year-old Lincoln man for shooting two people the evening of July 8.

Officer Erin Spilker said Joseph Thompson is facing two counts of first-degree assault and other charges related to the shooting of a 21-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man.

The incident happened near 66th Street and Normal Blvd. Police were called to that area around 12:30 a.m. on a report that someone had been shot. They didn’t find anybody at the home, but Spilker said the victims came to the hospital with gunshot wounds around the same time.

The man had a gunshot wound to his arm and the woman had a gunshot wound to each thigh. The injuries were not life-threatening.

Spilker said investigators searched the home and surrounding area. They found multiple bullet holes in the sliding glass door of the home as well as a trail of blood and spent shell casings.

She said officers later learned the victims had an ongoing problem with Thompson and he was seen in the backyard just before the shooting was reported.

On July 14, police were called to a trespassing report at America’s Best Value Inn at 56th Street and Cornhusker Highway. They found Thompson and arrested him for the shooting.

Thompson was arrested for two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Lincoln Police investigate a shooting that hospitalized two people very early Thursday morning.
Lincoln Police investigate a shooting that hospitalized two people very early Thursday morning.(Ryan Swanigan (KOLN))

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