Gunman shot in Target got rifle 4 days before

The man fatally shot by police after entering a Target store in Omaha, Nebraska, armed with an AR-15 rifle had received the gun at a Cabela sporting goods store just four days earlier, police said on Wednesday with Nobody else was hurt.

Court records show the man, identified by police as Joseph Jones, 32, of suburban Omaha in Douglas County, where Omaha is located, had no prior felony convictions.

He entered the store around noon Tuesday, where police said he fired multiple rounds, causing shoppers and workers to run for exits and hide in toilet stalls. Along with the rifle, he had 13 loaded rifle magazines with ammunition.

Callers deluged 911 dispatchers with around 30 calls for help, and Omaha police officers and a Nebraska state police officer rushed to the scene. They quickly ran into Jones and ordered him to drop the rifle.

Police said Officer Brian Vanderheiden, a 20-year veteran of the city’s police force, then shot, punched and killed Jones.

The press release states that Vanderheiden has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

According to police, officers searched the store three times before declaring the crime scene safe. During the investigation, officers found shell casings in the store.

Several other shootings have taken place in stores across the country in recent months, at a time when mass shootings have garnered public attention disturbingly common basis.

In January, a woman was injured in a shooting at one Walmart store in Evansville, Indiana. Police said things could have been much worse were it not for the heroic actions of an employee and the police. Officers arrived within minutes and fatally shot the gunman. A Walmart manager in Chesapeake, Virginia, killed six people in November when he began wild shooting in a break room. Six others were injured. The gunman shot and killed himself before officers arrived.

In Buffalo, New York, an 18-year-old fatally shot ten people and injured three others last May after searching for one food market in a predominantly black neighborhood. Authorities immediately called it a hate crime.

The Omaha shooting came just over 15 years after the fatal December 2007 shooting Shooting at a department store in Omaha Von Maurwhen a 19-year-old gunman killed eight people and himself.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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