An Omaha shooter who carried out a June 15 shooting spree in a South Omaha, Nebraska neighborhood may have had as much as 14 times the normal lethal dose of meth in his system at the time he carried out his deadly rampage. That’s the findings of a toxicology report released on Tuesday in the wake of the deadly 30 minute shooting that left three people dead, including the 25-year-old shooter himself.
In a Journal Star report, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said that Omaha shooter Jorge Abraham Zarazua-Rubio had 2,765 nanograms of meth in his bloodstream.
In the deadly broad daylight shooting spree, Zarazua-Rubio first shot and seriously injured 31-year-old Aaron Anderson, the only victim he actually knew.
After that, the shooter apparently went on a semi-random shooting spree that carried him over the course of a mile in half an hour until he was himself killed in a gunfire exchange with a police officer.
Zarazua-Rubio killed two men and critically wounded two others. However, his seriously injured victims are now expected to survive.
An extended report at Omaha by Todd Cooper said that Zarazua-Rubio had at least 14 times the amount of meth in his bloodstream that a “typical” intravenous injection meth user would have.
Creighton University Medical Center director of toxicology Henry Nipper told the reporter:
“It’s an extremely high amount. An amount that we know can make you paranoid and violent and erratic…
“I can’t tell you whether or not he was on a binge, but I can tell you this: We’ve seen people with substantially less in their system, and even in those cases, we’ve seen behavior that is amazing.”
There is admittedly some debate about exactly how much meth the native of Mexico had actually consumed. Because he was shot and bled out, the toxicologist didn’t have a perfect comparison between his blood and that of a meth user who died without losing so much blood.
But whether Zarazua-Rubio had precisely 14 times the lethal dose of meth in his bloodstream or not, it now seems clear the drug played a role in the Omaha shooter’s deadly spree.