21-year-old man dead after shooting, crash on North Freeway in Omaha

Violence and grief are familiar to the family of Xavier Bass, the 21-year-old who was fatally injured in a shooting and crash Sunday afternoon on the North Freeway.

Bass’ father, Corey Bass, was shot to death in 1996, when Xavier was just a month old, said his mother, Shalonda Bass.

Still mourning her husband’s death — he was found dead in a Chevrolet Blazer parked behind the Adams Park Community Center — Shalonda Bass now is left grieving for her son.

“He was just a really nice guy,” she said of Xavier. “He was close to his family. He would help anyone.”

Marcus Eiland, 24, was injured in Sunday’s shooting and crash, reported at 12:45 p.m. near the Hamilton Street overpass on the North Freeway/U.S. Highway 75.

Eiland also is familiar with violence, having survived a shooting in 2014 when he was one of two people shot outside a gas station at 7166 N. 30th St.

On Sunday, the southbound lanes of the highway were closed for about six hours while police investigated.

Police say two vehicles were traveling south when the occupants of one fired into the other.

The second vehicle, a Honda Element, careened off to the side of the road and came to a stop against the concrete barrier that separates the north and southbound lanes of the highway. A rear window on the driver’s side had been shattered.

When police arrived on the scene, an officer reported that the two men were lying in the street.

Both were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where Bass was pronounced dead. Eiland’s condition was unavailable.

Bass had worked for a roofing company and lived with his mother, she said. He graduated from Boys Town High School.

Survivors include two brothers, Ciaccio Bass, 18, and Lonnie Bass, 8; and grandparents Robbie and Robert Bass and Laura Owens, all of Omaha.

“We will miss him,” Shalonda Bass said of her son. “He was loved.”

Police were searching for a blue 2000 Chevrolet Suburban in connection with the shooting. It was last seen heading south on the freeway.

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