Murder victim was UNO student


By Michael Wunder, News Editor

Monday evening, gunshots fired outside an Omaha grocery store struck and killed a UNO student, marking the city’s seventh homicide of 2011.

Omaha Police found 26-year-old Randall Grimm collapsed outside the East end of the HyVee Grocery Store at 7910 Cass Street shortly before 9 p.m., according to an Omaha Police Department press release.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grimm was a freshman at UNO working toward a Bachelor of General Studies degree, said Wendy Townley, the assistant director of media relations at UNO.

Forty-year-old Sidney Anderson, of Omaha, was arrested in the store shortly after police arrived.  He was sent to Central Police Headquarters for questioning on suspicion of criminal homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Sam Swanson, one of Grimm’s neighbors in an apartment building at 8337 Underwood Ave., never saw much of the young man or his family.

“They weren’t outgoing,” Swanson said in an interview with the Gateway Tuesday night.  “They never said ‘hi.'”

Last week, when he asked to borrow Swanson’s laundry room key, Grimm appeared “googly-eyed” and as if he were “on meth,” Swanson said. 

The night of the shooting, Grimm poked his head out of his apartment’s doorway and asked Swanson, “Is anyone looking for me?”

After Swanson replied he had not seen anyone, Grimm told him, “If they do, tell them I’m ready to play.”

Later that night, Omaha Police responded to radio calls at 8:46 p.m. reporting an armed man inside HyVee.  Soon after, callers informed police of gunshots heard outside the building.

No shoppers or employees were injured.  Homicide detectives and the OPD crime lab processed the scene and interviewed witnesses.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, both men have had protection orders filed against them by women in the past four years.

Investigation of the murder is ongoing, said OPD Lt. Darci Tierny Tuesday night.  “We’re still trying to sort this out.”