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Lincoln police arrest alleged gunman in Edgewood shooting; victims still hospitalized
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Lincoln police arrest alleged gunman in Edgewood shooting; victims still hospitalized

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Lincoln police have arrested the teen who they say shot at least one of the two teenage victims in the parking lot of Edgewood Cinema on Aug. 2.

Buongkhoy D. Wal, 17, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony for his alleged role in the shooting. Jayden C. Prentice, 19, and Christopher Duncan, 18, remain hospitalized in critical condition more than two weeks after the shooting.

Wal, who was taken to the Youth Assessment Center upon his arrest, was charged as an adult in Lancaster County Court. His charges carry a combined prison sentence of up to 100 years if he's convicted.

Both victims in Edgewood Theater shooting still hospitalized, Lincoln police say

LPD Officer Erin Spilker said Thursday that Wal was among those in a maroon Kia Optima who fired several shots at the teens in the incident that played out at about 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Edgewood Shopping Center near 56th Street and Nebraska 2. Xavier Gary, 17, has been charged as an accessory to an unlawful discharge of a firearm for driving the Kia that night, according to police.

Spilker said Wal had arranged to meet with Prentice and Duncan in the Edgewood parking lot  Aug. 2, though it's unclear why the group had planned to meet. Police have described the shooting as "targeted."

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Upon arrival, police allege it was Wal who fired at the teens, striking Prentice. Investigators believe there were additional passengers — and at least one additional shooter — in the Kia, Spilker said. More than one type of shell casing was found at the scene, she said.

Shooting Edgewood Cinema, 8.2

Lincoln police investigated an apparent shooting in a parking area at the Edgewood Shopping Center on Aug. 2.

Duncan was shot in the leg and hip in the incident, according to police. Prentice was shot in the face.

A third teenager who had been with them in a black Mercedes wasn't injured.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7223 or awegley@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @andrewwegley 

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A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Andrew Wegley joined the Journal Star as breaking news reporter after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2021.

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