UPDATE: CRETE, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrol reported that all seven victims of Friday’s shooting in Crete have been released from hospitals.

The investigation remains ongoing. Investigators say they are working to determine if this incident was a hate crime.

The NSP is the lead investigating agency.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be delivered to the Saline County Attorney.


CRETE, NEB. - Six victims are in the hospital after a late Friday afternoon shooting in Crete.

Authorities say three adults and three children have non-life threatening injuries and the suspected gunman was found dead in his house, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Authorities also found a shot gun.

Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Sean Cadadori says the initial call came in at 4:35 PM Friday afternoon, as many agencies responded to the Creestline Ave. in Crete.

“Responders located multiple victims with apparent gunshot wounds,” Cadarodi said. “Authorities also heard one apparent gun shot from the house across the street from where the victims were located. All victims were evacuated quickly outside the back of the house and transported to the Crete Area Medical Center and other area medical centers for further care.. All victims are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.”

Several agencies from area law enforcement and fire were on scene to assist. Crete Police Chief Gary Young says the department appreciated the assistance as it’s something the town isn’t used to seeing.

“I’ve been here 38 years and it’s something that doesn’t happen and hasn’t in, fortunately, 3-4 decades,” Young said. “Fortunate in that respect, but unfortunately it happened.”

17-year-old Joshua Morales was friends with family of the victims, particularly the son of an adult victim .

“It hurts me because he’s my best friend. Right now he’s just crying with his dad,” Morales said. “His mom got shot four times in the back. That’s my homie. Anything that happens to him it hurts me.”

Authorities remained on scene after 9 PM on Friday night continuing their investigations. As of now, there has not been a motive discovered.