Lincoln Police are still piecing together the events that led to a fatal shooting.
Twenty-two year old Edgar Union Jr. died of a gunshot wound Monday in a residential area in the south central part of the city.
Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister says the details are fuzzy.
“We do know there was a gathering of large groups of individuals outside and it followed by the gunshot that ultimately led to the death,” Bliemeister tells reporters, “but we’re still trying to work through all of that information.”
One thing investigators are looking into is the large number of individuals involved who have gang affiliations.
“Whether or not it was a gang-motivated homicide is still something that we are certainly looking at,” he says, “and will be explored throughout this investigative process.”
When police officers arrived a little before 2 p.m. Monday, Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews were already on scene and pronounced Union Jr. deceased.
“We’ve interviewed multiple witnesses and we’re still parsing through all of that particular information,” Bliemester explains. “We’re still working backwards in an effort to determine what preceded the disturbance at this residence that ultimately led to the gunshot that killed Edgar Union, Jr.”
Union’s death marks Lincoln’s first homicide of the year.
William Padmore, KLIN, contributed to this story.