OPD Chief Asks Shooter of 5-Year-Old to "Do the Right Thing"

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OPD Chief Asks Shooter of 5-Year-Old to "Do the Right Thing"

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Omaha, NE - Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert held a news conference Wednesday evening about the death of 5-year-old Payton Benson.

(Click here to watch the news conference)

Chief Schmaderer said some people were shooting guns in the area of 44th and Emmet this morning when a stray bullet hit a girl in her home a block away on 45th Street.

The bullet hit Payton Benson while she was eating breakfast. She died at the hospital. 

Chief Schmaderer released a surveillance photo of a dark-colored Jeep believed to be involved, and a few men near the vehicle. They located the vehicle at St. James Manor Apartments near 61st and Spencer.

He asked the guys to come forward and talk with police. He said, "You know who you are, and law enforcement will find out who you are." The chief then urged them to do the right thing. 

Chief Schmaderer said his department would work around the clock to catch the people responsible. He said he is willing to use any resources needed. 

Mayor Jean Stothert told the chief the department also has her office's full support. 

She voiced her grief for the family of Payton Benson including her great uncle, Omaha City Council Member Ben Gray. 

Chief Schmaderer said the department does have leads in this case. They ask that the community view the photo accompanying this article. If you have any information regarding the people responsible, call Crime Stoppers. There is a $5,000 reward.