A standoff between law enforcement and a Hastings man suspected in a Wednesday evening shooting appears to be over, though details about the outcome aren't yet available.
The Hastings Police worked with the Nebraska State Patrol in trying to apprehend a Hastings man believed to be involved in the shooting of a woman in the 1000 block of Hill Street Wednesday evening.
Hastings Police Capt. Mike Doremus said police were called about 7:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Hill Street for reported gunshots. Upon arrival, officers found a woman with a gunshot wound. She was alive and coherent when she was taken to Mary Lanning Healthcare.
A few minutes after the shooting, the woman was flown by Midwest MedAir to Bryan West in Lincoln.
A Facebook post by the HPD indicated the woman was listed in critical but stable condition about 1 a.m.
Doremus said the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, but he doesn’t believe the public is in danger. He said the suspect and victim knew each other.
Troopers and police surrounded a house in the 800 block of Bellevue Avenue to ensure the suspect didn’t escape. Some troopers were armed with what appeared to be assault rifles. Law enforcement officers blocked off Bellevue Avenue from Seventh to Ninth streets as well as Eighth Street between Williams and Burlington avenues.
Marge Peterson, who lives next door to the suspect’s home, said officers told she and her husband to turn off any exterior lights and they attempted to shut off street lights.
“They don’t want anybody out of their house,” she said.
Peterson said she and her husband have lived in the neighborhood since 1972. She said it is upsetting and scary to have police surrounding her neighbor’s house in the usually quiet neighborhood.
“We’ve never had any trouble here,” she said. “It’s always been a very good neighborhood.”