The Lancaster County Attorney's office has dropped felony charges against two Lincoln men in connection to a shooting near 16th and Knox streets in August.

Police had accused Edward Wilkins, 26, and Christopher Z. Johnson, 27, of firing at a rival group of people Aug. 5, in affidavits for their arrests.

They found 10 shell casings from two guns, and three bullet holes in a Chevy Suburban after the shooting shortly before 9 p.m. that night.

A witness later reported seeing two groups of people pointing guns at each other before the shooting, according to court records, which since have been sealed.

A month after the shooting, police identified someone they believe was shot at during the incident. That person, whom police didn't identify, said Johnson and Wilkins had approached his group from two parked cars and fired, the arrest affidavit said.

Johnson and Wilkins both denied any involvement.

Asked about the status of the cases Monday, Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon said both were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled later.

"After reviewing the cases, and in light of the pre-trial motions that were filed, we did not want to proceed with them at this time," he said.

Wilkins' attorney, Bradley Sipp, said he and Johnson's attorney had filed motions asking for the name of the confidential informant, leaving prosecutors with the choice of identifying the person or dismissing the case.

"My client always maintained he wasn't there," Sipp said.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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