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Chicago Blackhawks’ Fredrik Olofsson Safe After Omaha Shooting

By Aaron Goldschmidt
March 28, 2015: University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks huddle before the NCAA Midwest Regional hockey match between the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and Harvard Crimson at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
March 28, 2015: University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks huddle before the NCAA Midwest Regional hockey match between the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and Harvard Crimson at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks prospect Fredrik Olofsson confirmed that he made it home safely after a gang-related shooting occurred late Saturday night in Omaha, Neb.

This past Saturday, a gang-related shooting occurred at The Taste of Omaha leaving a 20-year-old woman dead and six people injured in Omaha’s Old Market neighborhood.  According to the Omaha World Herald, a fight broke out just before midnight resulting in gunfire.

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Fredrik Olofsson, who will be a senior at the University of Omaha this fall, sent out a number of tweets regarding the situation Saturday as it developed.  On Sunday, he confirmed he and his friends made it home safely that night.

Olofsson is a 22-year-old forward for Omaha and has played in 101 games during his NCAA tenure. Olofsson has tallied 61 points, most recently posting a college career-best 14 assists during the 2017-18 campaign.

Olofsson was drafted in the fourth round by the Blackhawks during the 2014 entry-level event, at No. 98 overall. He previously played for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and Chicago Steel.

It can be hard to remember that athletes like Olofsson are really just kids, and kids will attend events like this Taste of Omaha in their free time. It’s truly unfortunate that Olofsson and others in attendance at a fun summer showcase were thrust into danger in this way. It’s becoming all too familiar a theme in today’s day and age.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Omaha community and all of the families that were affected by this tragedy.

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