Holdrege shooting victim improves to fair condition

Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 6:29 AM CST
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UPDATE 2-25-19 9:30 AM:

A spokesperson at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney Monday said Doyle Morse, 64, Holdrege, had improved to fair condition. Morse was shot and wounded Thursday during a shooting spree in which two other Holdrege men were killed. Manuel Gomez, 45, Holdrege, is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the case and will appear in court next on Friday.


UPDATE 2-22-19: 3:35 PM

Phelps County prosecutors have charged Manuel Gomez with two counts of first-degree murder. Gomez also face felony charges of first degree assault, three counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person (Gomez is a convicted felon) and one misdemeanor charge of operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.

Gomez is the lone suspect in the incident in which two Holdrege men were killed and a third injured.

He was in Phelps county court Friday afternoon for his initial appearance before a judge.

The preliminary hearing for Gomez will be Friday March 1 at 3:00 pm.


A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, was lodged in the Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments.

The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, called 911 after he was shot at 416 Logan Street. He was life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition. On Friday morning, Good Samaritan Hospital confirmed Morse's condition was upgraded to serious.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.