North Platte — A 26 year old man was found with a gunshot wound at the Welcome Inn on U-S Highway 30, west of North Platte. The shooting was reported just before midnight on Saturday, Sept. 17. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Platte Rescue responded and found the person who shot the individual still on scene as well as the man with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The wounded man was transported to Great Plains Health, then flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. The subject is reported to be in serious but stable condition.
The shooter was identified as a 66 year-old man living at the motel. He was described as having many serious medical conditions.
Investigators learned the two men were friends and had eaten a late dinner together. The younger man began to drink heavily and was asked to leave by the older man. The younger male was asked repeatedly to leave.
The younger male then threatened to kill the older man and displayed a knife. The older man feared for his life and shot the younger man with a handgun.
It seemed clear to investigators the older man acted in self-defense. The older man was returned to his room and no charges will be filed.