One person wounded in shooting at Omaha hospital

OMAHA (Reuters) – A university medical center in Omaha was locked down on Wednesday after a gunman fired shots and wounded a victim inside the facility, the second such incident at the school in six months.

Otis Holford, 30, was shot through the cheek, although the wound was not life threatening, police said.

A spokeswoman for Creighton University said the Omaha Police Department had taken the shooter into custody shortly after 3:30 p.m. but the school’s medical center remained in lockdown for an hour while officers went floor-to-floor to make sure there were no other gunmen. The lockdown ended about an hour later.

Many law enforcement officers were at the hospital at the time of the shooting because a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy had been taken there nearly four hours earlier after he was shot while serving a fugitive arrest warrant in Omaha.

The two shootings are not believed to be related.

It was the second shooting at Creighton University Medical Center in six months. Creighton is one of Omaha’s two trauma centers and is located immediately north of downtown.

Police shot and killed Jeffrey Leyton, 39, of Tekamah, Neb., after he pulled a handgun from his waist and fired at three Omaha police officers September 29.

Two of the officers suffered grazing wounds from debris. The officers were at the hospital searching for Leyton because family members said he was making suicidal comments.

(Writing by James B. Kelleher; Additional reporting by David Hendee; Editing by Tim Gaynor)

One person wounded in shooting at Omaha hospital