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Police provide history of shooting at Omaha Target

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Omaha Police Department has provided a moment-by-moment timeline of Tuesday’s shooting at Target.

The breakdown details the movements of the gunman, 32-year-old Joseph Jones, as he entered Target and began firing his AR-15.

Here’s how the incident unfolded, according to the Omaha Police Department:

  • 11:49am – Jones arrives at Target in personal vehicle.
  • 11:56am – He removes a cardboard box from his vehicle and enters the southeast entrance to the grocery store wearing a dark-colored coat and hat.
  • 11:57am – Jones heads to the pharmacy area, where the shipping box was later found.
  • 11:58am – Pointing a shotgun at a Target employee. Then aim the rifle into the air, firing one shot. The shooter walks to the front of the store and fires two more shots.
  • 11:59 – Jones takes off his coat and fires his shotgun at the automatic pay station. He then he shoots a drink cooler.
  • 11:59 am – Douglas County 911 receives first 911 call about shooting.
  • 11:59am – The first police unit is assigned the 911 call.
  • 12:00 – Jones enters vestibule and fires more shots.
  • 12:02 – The gunman briefly leaves the shop and then returns. He fires another shot.
  • 12:04 – Jones walks west through the store, still holding the shotgun.
  • 12:05 – Officer Brian Vanderheiden and a Nebraska State Trooper enter.
  • 12:05 – Vanderheiden and soldier make contact with Jones, who is still holding the rifle.
  • 12:06pm – Vanderheiden shoots gunman.
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Police say Vanderheiden shouted more than 20 verbal commands to Jones to drop the shotgun.

Jones replied: “Come on!” three times refusing to drop the weapon.

Then he said, “I’ll kill you!” according to the Omaha Police.

Vanderheiden then fired a single shot, which hit Jones and killed him.

The interaction between Jones and Vanderheiden lasted only 15 seconds, police say.

Police are still working to determine why Jones entered Target and started shooting. They think there were about 250 people in the shop at the time.

Following the investigation, a grand jury will review the police actions, as required by state law.

If the grand jury finds no wrongdoing, body camera footage of the shooting will be made available to the public through the courthouse.

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