OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A stray bullet that killed a 5-year-old girl Wednesday as she ate breakfast in her Omaha home may have come from as far as a block away, authorities said as they pleaded for suspects to step forward.
Omaha Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a press conference Wednesday night that Payton Benson did not appear to be the intended target of the bullet, which authorities believe came from a morning shooting at least a block away. It involved several individuals and included the use of multiple weapons.
Payton was with her mother when the bullet ripped through her north Omaha home. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
No one has been arrested in the case, which is being treated as a criminal homicide.
“I want to take a moment to talk to the assailants in this case who were involved in the gunfire that struck and killed Payton Benson,” Schmaderer said at the news conference. “You know who you are and law enforcement will find out who you are. It may not have been your bullet that struck this little girl. So do the right thing and do yourself a favor in the process. Come down and talk to law enforcement and tell us what you know.”
The shooting took place in an area that has had reports of gang and gun violence, according to Schmaderer.
Police said they have located a dark-colored Jeep or sport utility vehicle that they believe is connected to the shooting. They are asking the public for helping in finding three male suspects seen with the car.
Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.