UPDATE (Feb. 22, 7:40 a.m.)

KEARNEY - Doyle Morse, 64, of Holdrege is listed in serious condition Friday at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, according to a hospital official.

Morse was shot at his home at 416 Logan St. Thursday afternoon. He was flown by AirCare to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where he was initially listed in critical condition.

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UPDATE (9:25 p.m.)

HOLDREGE — Nebraska State Patrol has identified the suspected shooter and two victims who were shot and killed in an apparent shooting spree Thursday in Holdrege. 

Police arrested Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, following a short pursuit after the incident. According to NSP, Gomez is the only suspect in the shootings.

He has been lodged in Phelps County Jail.

NSP also identified the shooting victims as Raymond Burton, 65, and David Rogers, 54. Both were found dead in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments, 1422 12th Ave.

The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.


HOLDREGE — Two Holdrege men were shot and killed during an apparent shooting spree Thursday in Holdrege.

At 2:31 p.m. the Holdrege Police Department received a call about a shooting at a home in the 400 block of Logan Street, said Chief Dennis Damoude.

Police received a report of a second shooting 2:41 p.m. at Holdrege Housing Authority’s Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Ave.

“Since they came in a number of minutes apart we thought maybe we had two, maybe a murder-suicide (at Sunrise View) and something there, but that’s not the way it’s shaking up right now. It appears that all these were connected,” Damoude said.

One man was killed in unit No. 46 at Sunrise View, and the other man was killed in unit No. 26. Sunrise View is low-income housing for disabled and elderly residents, said Capri Chapman, executive director of the Holdrege Housing Authority.

The male victim at the home on the 400 block of Logan Street was taken by AirCare to CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney. A condition was unknown Thursday evening.

After receiving reports of the shots fired Damoude notified the Holdrege schools to be put them on lockdown at approximately 3 p.m. as a precautionary measure. The schools were locked down for about 25 minutes.

HPD and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect driving near the Phelps County Courthouse in downtown Holdrege, and he was arrested around 3 p.m.

“We cut him off, and he did turn. He happened to be on the south side of the courthouse so we just walked him into the jail,” Damoude said.

The man is believed to be the only suspect. A weapon was recovered from inside the suspect’s vehicle.

A motive is unknown.

The incidents are being investigated by HPD, PCSO, the Nebraska State Patrol and SCALES (South Central Area Law Enforcement Services). The investigation continues.

“Everything went well. I was very pleased with all the law enforcement agencies. We work well together,” Damoude said.