Lincoln police chief says disturbance and assault at Lincoln Southeast preceded fatal shooting

LINCOLN — Police officers investigating Monday’s fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Lincoln man have found that people involved in a disturbance and assault at Lincoln Southeast High School earlier Monday are associates of the man.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Tuesday that police don’t think Edgar Union Jr. was at the school before he was shot.

The chief said a large group had gathered at a house near South 47th Street and Nebraska Highway 2 before the shooting. Police were sent to the house about 1:55 p.m.

Union, who had suffered a gunshot wound, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Many of the people involved have gang affiliations, Bliemeister said, but whether the killing was a gang-motivated homicide is something police are investigating.

The people involved knew each other, he said.

Bliemeister said officers still are trying to determine what happened before the shooting at the house, where police found a “very chaotic scene.” Officers are conducting interviews, analyzing evidence and following up on leads provided by the public, Bliemeister said.

Several “persons of interest” have been identified, the chief said, and police are seeking to interview them.

The Lincoln Police Department and staff at Lincoln Southeast have been collaborating throughout the investigation, Bliemeister said, and there is a heightened police presence on the school’s campus Tuesday.

Bliemeister said police have no information suggesting an ongoing threat to the safety of the students and faculty at the school.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.​

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