An adult male is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home for abused and mentally ill young women in Nebraska. That male has been identified as the husband of an employee of the facility.
The shooting was first reported on the afternoon at around 12:45 p.m. of February 15. The Omaha World-Herald’s Alia Conley reports that the Douglas County Sheriff’s office responded to the facility. Sheriff Tom Wheeler told Conley that an “active shooter” is down. There have been no reports of injuries. Uta is located at 10625 Calhoun Road in Omaha, north of the city’s downtown area. The state patrol is asking people to avoid the area around the campus.
Speaking to the Omaha World-Herald, Sheriff Wheeler said, “We don’t know if there are any victims.” The sheriff said that deputies are searching the campus for potential victims. Fox’s Omaha-affiliate reports that officials believe the only victim is the shooter. KETV’s John Oakey has referred to the gunman as a male. It is thought that he died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The facility is a treatment center for young women who have suffered abuse, neglect, trauma, substance abuse, mental illness and violence. The facility’s website says they offer a “safe, supportive and nurturing environment.” Uta is operated by Rite of Passage.