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Active shooter incident at Omaha Target store – a recap

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On Tuesday, an active shooter incident took place at a Target store in Omaha, leading to a response by local police officers and a state trooper. The suspect, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and 13 loaded magazines, fired multiple shots inside the store before being confronted by law enforcement. No civilians were injured during the incident, but the suspect was killed by the police after being ordered to drop the weapon.

The store was searched multiple times to ensure the safety of shoppers and employees, and the motive for the shooting is still unknown. The suspect’s identity will be released after next of kin have been notified.

During the incident, employees and shoppers had to make a quick decision to hide or run. One employee recorded a cellphone video while hiding in a fitting room, while others fled the store in panic. Some employees hid behind merchandise or shelving units while waiting for the police to arrive. Eventually, the police found the hiding employees and helped escort them to safety.

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The incident caused widespread panic and fear, with shoppers and employees alike saying they thought they were going to die. However, the quick response by the police helped contain the situation and prevent any harm to civilians.

The store will be closed until Thursday to allow for the investigation to continue, and Target is assisting with returning personal property to shoppers on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. The west entrance will be open for property validation, but no shopping will be allowed.

In conclusion, the active shooter incident at the Target store in Omaha highlights the need for quick and effective responses by law enforcement in such situations. The police officers’ bravery and quick thinking helped prevent any harm to civilians and brought the situation under control. The investigation is ongoing, and the motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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