OMAHA, Nebraska – On Friday, a jury convicted a teenager of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and murdering a man at Westroads Mall in April 2021.
Makhi Woolridge-Jones, age 17 at the time of her trial, was charged with first-degree murder for the April 17, 2021 mall shooting that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Traquez Swift and the injury of a 22-year-old lady.
Woolridge-Jones was also found guilty of two charges of weapon usage and assault in the second degree.
No sentencing date has been set yet.
District Court Judge James Masteller presided over the jury trial held in the Douglas County Court.
During an early court appearance by Woolridge-Jones, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine stated that multiple shots were fired between competing gang members that day, and that investigators were relieved that there were not more victims.
About a month after the massacre, the chief deputy county attorney, Brenda Beadle, spoke about the terrifying situation that day, emphasizing that the shooting occurred on a Saturday morning while many people were visiting the mall.
Brandon Woolridge-Jones, the older brother of Woolridge-Jones, was also arrested in connection with the incident. He was charged with complicity; his case is pending.