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Suspect arrested in Grand Island shooting

Police tape surrounding the area where a shooting took place in the area of Sycamore and Oklahoma in Grand Island. (Source: KSNB)
Police tape surrounding the area where a shooting took place in the area of Sycamore and Oklahoma in Grand Island. (Source: KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 5:17 AM CDT
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An investigation is underway following a shooting overnight in Grand Island which sent Gary Zierke III, 31, to the hospital.

Grand Island Police said it happened just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Sycamore.

GIPD said when officers arrived on scene, they found a man lying in the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma with a gunshot wound to the head.

First officers on scene started performing life-saving procedures on the victim until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to CHI Health St. Francis. He was later life-flighted to an Omaha hospital, where at last check his condition was critical.

An arrest has been made in connection with this shooting.

The Nebraska State Patrol tells Local4 they made the arrest shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday near Henderson. Antoine Johnson, of Lincoln, was located in a ditch near the intersection of Road B and Road 9 just south of Exit 342 of Interstate 80. Police found him trying to conceal himself in the ditch upon their arrival.

The arrest is the result of an 18-hour search for the suspect between Aurora and Henderson.

The search started around 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Aurora. The vehicle matched the description of one being sought by the Grand Island Police Department in connection with a shooting that occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 335. Two occupants of the vehicle were quickly taken into custody, but a third occupant fled the traffic stop on foot. Additional troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene to search the area. The person who fled the traffic stop was identified as the Grand Island shooting suspect.

Law enforcement continued searching the area throughout the day. An arrest warrant was issued for Johnson in Hall County. They eventually found the suspect hiding in a ditch.

NSP transported Johnson to Hall County Jail. The Grand Island Police Department is leading the investigation.

Johnson is expected to be charged with attempt of a Class I/1A/1B/1C/1D Felony, Use of a Firearm to commit a felony, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Use of a Firearm to commit a Felony. Johnson will be turning 34-years-old on Friday.

Grand Island police believe the shooting was drug-related.

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