An Omaha man was fatally shot early Sunday in an Old Market parking lot teeming with people as bars closed, authorities said.
An officer riding a bicycle about 2:15 a.m. heard shots fired amid a large crowd in a lot on the northeast corner of 11th and Harney Streets and found the victim, Deanthony Bryant, 19.
No one was in custody Sunday evening in connection with the killing, the 15th in the city this year, said Officer Jacob Bettin, a police spokesman.
Early accounts indicated a witness had said the gunman wore a white T-shirt and black shorts.
As the sun rose on the crime scene, a circle of homicide detectives stood comparing notes steps from where the man had been shot three hours earlier.
Officers gathered at Creighton University Medical Center, where the victim was taken and where they feared an agitated crowd might gather.
As Omahans awoke and the Old Market again began to stir, passersby slowed to view the scene. A bus driver stuck his head out a window at a traffic light, asked a man what had happened and shook his head when he heard the reply.
Sam Martinez, 70, a resident of the neighborhood for 16 years, said its bars had begun to damage a charming section of the city.
“It's too bad,” he said as he looked beyond yellow crime-scene tape.
Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact CrimeStoppers at 444-7867. Tips can also be given at omahacrimestoppers.net or by sending the text message “OPD” and the information to 274637.
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