A hit-and-run accident that injured an 8-year-old boy sparked an exchange of gunfire in Lincoln on Independence Day that left one man dead, another wounded.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peshong said the accident occurred late last night. Relatives of the boy tracked down the car and its driver.
“Family members had gone back over to this individual’s residence and had made some threats,” Peshong told news reporters during a briefing.
Verbal threats led to gunfire.
“Gunshots were exchanged from vehicles out in the street to the residence of 923 N. 30th Street as well as the individual that lives at that location,” according to Peshong.
After the shooting stopped, 41-year-old Orlando Sifuentez, was found dead. Sifuentez is the boy’s father. Another man suffered a gunshot wound to one of his legs.
Police arrested 23-year-old Robert Robinson for leaving the scene of an accident. More arrests might be made as the investigation continues.
Police intially reported the victim as a 6-year-old boy, but later corrected the age. He suffered scrapes on his head and his knee. Police described the injuries as superficial.
AUDIO: Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peshong gives briefing on fatal Indpendence Day shooting. [3:40]