One Dead, Two Injured in Nebraska Park Shooting After Police Break up Large Crowd Violating Coronavirus Gathering Order

One person has been killed and two others injured during a shooting at a Nebraska after dozens of people gathered in defiance of public health orders banning large crowds amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday evening, Omaha Police were dispatched to Benson Park at 7002 Military Ave. following reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene, three people were found in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. One male victim was transported to Bergan Mercy Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

A second female victim taken to Bergan Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A third woman was sent to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where her injuries were also determined to be non-life threatening.

Omaha Police had been called to the park earlier in the evening because a large crowd had gathered to attend a barbecue, according to reports.

Police told local news sites that around 100 people were at the park, violating Omaha and Douglas County's health order limiting crowds to 10 people.

No further details about the victims or suspects have been released.

Police closed the park while the investigation into the shootings takes place.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP, at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app.

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(File photo) Police car lights in night time. Three people have been injured during a shooting at a park in Nebraska. iStock

The public health order banning crowds of more than 10 people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 came into place on March 18 and is set to continue until at least April 30.

There are nearly 400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with 12,910 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University. A total of 22,496 people have managed to recover from the virus.

The map below, provided by Statista, shows the confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world as of April 7.

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