A young Black man was shot dead outside a bar in Omaha during the second night of protests in the Nebraska city, and the white bar owner who killed him is reportedly in police custody awaiting charges.
Omaha police said officers heard gunshots around 11 p.m. Saturday night (May 31) in the area of 12th and Harney streets.When officers arrived at the scene, they found 22-year-old James Scurlock outside a bar suffering from gunshot wounds.
Scurlock was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died. Video footage of the shooting was posted on social media.
Police confirmed they had a suspect in custody, but didn’t release his name. The suspect was later identified by local news outlets as Jake Gardner, owner of two bars—The Hive and The Gatsby—on the street where the shooting happened.
Gardner described himself in previous media stories as a libertarian, a former Marine, and a volunteer for the Trump campaign in 2016, The Daily Beast reported.