Two Victims' Cars Shot In Weekend Sokol Auditorium Shooting

Leah Uko

OMAHA (KPTM) - The latest shooting near Sokol Auditorium fortunately did not hurt any people. It did hurt the venue's reputation and two victim's cars also took a hit.

"There should have been security. There should have been police officers. Knowing that this just happened a couple of months ago at Sokol Hall," said Michelle Brinkman whose brand new silver, Volkswagen CC now has a bullet hole through the front, left passenger door.

Brinkman is glad she wasn't hurt, but like most people after a violent situation dies down, she is upset about the damage.

"The person who shot my car should be responsible for paying for my vehicle," Brinkman continued. "Minors have jobs. Work it off."

Police said Sunday morning, a 17-year-old male tried to run from officers after they heard shots fired on 13th Street and Martha Street.

Both Brinkman and another victim's cars were shot.

They booked the suspect into the Douglas County Youth Center for Minor In Possession of a Gun, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Unregistered Gun, Obstructing a Peace Officer and three misdemeanor warrants.

Although Brinkman is not satisfied with police presence in this area, 14th Street and Dorcas Street Neighborhood Watch Captain John Determan was grateful for their service.

"They got down here very quickly and dispersed the crowds very quickly," said Determan.

This is the sixth shooting near the SoKol Auditorium this year.

Back in March, rap star Tyga performed at the venue. His car and another artist there with him were shot.

Despite these violence incidents, some neighbors' nerves remain unshaken.

"No body has come running through here or anything," said Mary Wotek who has lived down the street for almost five years. "As long as the police are out there I'm pretty well content."

It's not the Sokol Auditorium itself that's the problem. Neighbors said certain types of crowds that the talent attracts are the ones bringing the drama.

"It's always about the same age if clientle down here," said Determan. "Anywhere between 16 and 20-25."

Brinkman, too, said she is not fearful about her safety in that area.

"I don't have a problem going back to that area. I was born and raised in south Omaha," she continued. "I don't believe it's the area, I believe it's the people."

The issue she wants addressed is that more police monitor the area.