Kearney Police investigating after teen shot
KEARNEY, Neb. —
The Kearney Police Department is investigating after they say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest.
Kearney Police say they don't know the exact spot where the shooting took place, but they tell NTV News they've narrowed it down to the area around 5th Avenue and North Railroad Street.
Vicky Hasbrouck describes her neighborhood as safe.
She says she was surprised to hear there was a shooting Monday evening.
"Actually it's pretty scary because we do have several children around here and my grandchildren are living with me right now," said Hasbrouck.
But Mary Beinke who lives a block over says news of the shooting doesn't worry her.
"It doesn't bother me. This little area is safe. Us around here we are all pretty friendly. You can't stop it, you know? You can't stop your life either because of other things that happen. You just have to go on," said Beinke.
Officers were called to CHI Good Samaritan at about 6:22 p.m. for a boy getting treatment in the ER for a gunshot wound to the chest.
"We have very little information. We have no witnesses. Obviously the victim is being treated so its just going to take some time but right we don't have a ton of information," said Capt. Michael Kirkwood with the Kearney Police Department.
Kearney Police say the boy was walking in the mid-west section of town close to railroad tracks when a dark colored car approached him.
"When he went up to talk to the car or to the driver from the passenger side, he leaned down to the driver. There was only one person in the car who was male. He produced a handgun a shot him," said Capt. Kirkwood.
Police say the vehicle is a black, newer model Nissan with gold and/or silver rims.
They say the victim then walked to a relative's house and was then taken to the hospital.
"I hope it's a one time deal and I hope the child is okay. I guess as neighbors we need to watch out for each other," said Hasbrouck.
Police say it's early in the investigation and they expect to release more information.