Woman believes she was target in shooting that injured her, killed cousin - Omaha.com
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:00 am / Updated at 2:49 pm
Woman believes she was target in shooting that injured her, killed cousin

Nakia Johnson said she believes she was the target in an Omaha shooting that killed her 16-year-old cousin.

“I just think about it, because I feel like it's my fault,” Johnson said Thursday in an interview at the Nebraska Medical Center. “He was after me.”

Johnson, 20, was shot 11 times Oct. 30 near 35th Street and Redick Avenue. She said she expects to be released from the hospital today.

Her cousin, Benson High student Eriana Carr, died of her injuries. Carr also was shot multiple times.

Omaha police have arrested a man who they say threatened Johnson two days before the shootings.

The man, Tracy Parnell, 21, was booked on suspicion of making terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of a firearm –– all connected to the alleged attack on Johnson.

Tracy Parnell

Bail for Parnell was set Thursday at $75,000. He must pay 10 percent of that amount to be released from jail.

Parnell has not been charged in the shootings of Johnson and Carr.

Johnson, sitting in a wheelchair, said she's leaving Omaha for Chicago, where her parents live.

“I'm in a lot of pain,'' she said.

Johnson believes Parnell was the shooter, she said, because he was angry with her in the earlier attack. She acknowledged that she isn't certain Parnell pulled the trigger.

“I don't know because I didn't see his face. I just don't see anybody else trying to hurt me or Eriana like that,” she said.

Parnell was the boyfriend of a Johnson friend. The terroristic threats incident happened at the friend's apartment, according to a police report.

Parnell, whose nickname is “La-Lao,” allegedly put a gun to Johnson's head and demanded that she call her boyfriend, a rival gang member, the report said.

Instead, Johnson called 911 on her cellphone and Parnell ran from the apartment.

Two days later, Johnson and Carr went for an evening walk. They were taking butter to Eriana's sister, who lives nearby and needed it to cook dinner. Johnson said she spotted a Nissan Altima in the neighborhood but didn't think much of it --- only that it was the kind of car she had always wanted.

They returned to Carr's home about 8:15 p.m. Johnson said she saw the Nissan again, seconds before someone rolled down the window and opened fire.

Johnson said she tried to push Carr, whom she called her “little sister,” out of the way. The two scrambled to get inside the house.

“I thought that she wouldn't get hit, that she'd be OK,” Johnson said. “But he kept shooting. I could see blood coming through my clothes.”

Johnson said she hasn't spoken to Eriana's mother, Shavon Carr of Omaha.

“I hope she knows I love her, and that I'm sorry she lost her baby.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com

Contact the writer: Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie is a cops and breaking news reporter for Omaha.com.

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