Holdrege shooting suspect facing two counts of first degree murder.

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HOLDREGE, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE 2-22-19: 1:15 PM

Phelps county prosecutors have charged Manuel Gomez with two counts of first degree murder and five other related felonies in connection with the Thursday fatal shootings in Holdrege.

Gomez is the lone suspect in the incident in which two Holdrege men were killed and a third injured.

He is scheduled to be arraigned later Friday afternoon in Phelps county court.


UPDATE 2-22-19 12:45 PM

Deputy Phelps County Attorney Natalie Nelsen, State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc and Holdrege Police Chief Dennis DaMoude have called a 1:30 PM press conference about the double murder case in Holdrege.

Murder suspect Manuel Gomez is expected in Phelps County Court this afternoon and the officials are expected to provide details about charges pending against Gomez.

Local4's Shannon Heckt is covering the press conference and will provide information when it becomes available.


A Holdrege man is in serious condition after a Thursday shooting in which the suspect shot and killed two other men.

A spokesperson at CHI Health-Good Samaritan hospital in Kearney told Local4 Friday morning that Doyle Morse, 64, was in serious condition with gunshot wounds.

Morse was the third victim in a Thursday afternoon shooting spree in Holdrege. Holdrege police arrested Manuel Gomez, 45, Thursday afternoon.

In addition to Morse, Gomez is suspected in the shooting deaths of Raymond Burton, 65, and David Rogers, 54, both of Holdrege.

A Nebraska State Patrol press release outlines the events of Thursday afternoon:

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by Gomez was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.

Gomez is in the Phelps County Jail and is the only suspect in all three shootings.

Both Burton and Rogers were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. Morse was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services were investigating the case.

As of Friday morning, there had been no formal charges filed against Gomez. Local4 has contacted the Phelps County Attorney, but no information about Gomez' prosecution had been released as of Friday morning.

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