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Warrant issued for man in shooting that triggered Nebraska Wesleyan alert
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Warrant issued for man in shooting that triggered Nebraska Wesleyan alert

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A 26-year-old Oklahoma man is wanted in connection with an alleged robbery during a dice game at a north Lincoln apartment that triggered an alert at Nebraska Wesleyan University earlier this month, according to police.

A Lancaster County judge Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Desmond C. Pruitt, who prosecutors have charged with robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony in the Feb. 8 shooting.

Pruitt is the first person charged in the case, according to court records.

Lincoln police officers called to 3041 N. 48th St. that night found a man had been shot in the right leg, an investigator said in affidavit for Pruitt's arrest.

The man told police that he was playing a dice game with friends when an acquaintance showed up with a man in a Chicago Bulls jacket, the investigator said.

The man in the jacket watched for a while, then asked if he could let in his brother, the affidavit said.

Five minutes after the brother entered, he showed a gun, demanded money from a gambler, then shot him in the leg, the investigator said. The man in the Bulls jacket pulled out a gun, too, shooting at another man but missing.

The two shooters left together, taking $2,500 and an iPhone.

Police determined one of the men had arrived in a Volkswagen Passat, which was seen on surveillance video being driven up to the apartment building. Pruitt owns a 2014 Passat, and the man who was shot that night identified Pruitt as the man in the Bulls jacket through a photo lineup, the affidavit said.

The affidavit did not say whether police have identified the other man.

Pruitt had not been arrested as of late Tuesday.

If convicted, Pruitt faces up to 100 years in prison. The gun charge alone carries a mandatory minimum of five years.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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