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Grand Island shooting suspect is captured and victim in critical condition

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 10:04 PM CDT
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Shots fired around midnight Thursday morning, May 28, at the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma streets in Grand Island. When Grand Island Police arrived, they found 31-year-old Gary Zierke III, from Lincoln, shot to the ground.

Capt. Jim Duering of Grand Island Police Department said, "About 12:20 this morning we received a call of a gunshot. On arrival the officers identified a gunshot victim with a single bullet wound to his head, laying in the grass near a car."

A neighbor who witnessed the shooting was bringing a cup of tea to his wife when he heard what sounded like a firecracker. When he saw the body outside his house, he knew something bad happened.

Nick Kshywonis, a witness of the shooting said, "I didn't think he was going to make it but then I saw the ambulance got here. They got him on the stretcher, they had an iv bag, so I assumed he at least survived at that point."

Officers worked to keep him alive until the paramedics from Grand Island Fire and Rescue could make it to the scene.

"The fire department had a pretty fast response but we were just doing what we could in the meantime," said Capt. Duering.

Antoine Johnson is the lead suspect in the shooting. After his arrest near Henderson, he is being transported back to Grand Island.

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