Neighbor Opens Fire on Nebraska Family, Injuring 4 Children and 3 Adults

Neighbor Opens Fire on Nebraska Family, Injuring 4 Children and 3 Adults
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A shoot­ing in Crete, Nebras­ka left 7 peo­ple wound­ed on Fri­day, includ­ing 4 chil­dren ages 3–10. The sus­pect­ed gun­man, 74-year-old Bil­ly Booth, opened fire from his home across the street, strik­ing the family.

Accord­ing to police, at approx­i­mate­ly 4:30pm Booth began fir­ing shots toward the vic­tims’ home on Crest­line Dri­ve. All 7 peo­ple were trans­port­ed to the hos­pi­tal, though their injuries are expect­ed to sur­vive. The chil­dren suf­fered shot­gun blast wounds.

Inves­ti­ga­tors found Booth dead of an appar­ent self-inflict­ed gun­shot wound inside his home. He was known to have pri­or dis­putes with the vic­tim’s fam­i­ly, includ­ing racist remarks telling them to “go back home” and “speak Eng­lish.” There is spec­u­la­tion the shoot­ing was racial­ly motivated.

The Nebras­ka State Patrol SWAT team respond­ed and breached Booth’s door, find­ing two firearms inside. Only one shot­gun is believed to have been used in the attack. No offi­cers fired their weapons dur­ing the incident.

This was a dis­turb­ing act of vio­lence that deeply impact­ed this close-knit com­mu­ni­ty. The inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues as author­i­ties work to deter­mine a clear motive for the neigh­bor’s dead­ly attack.

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