Jake Gardner Wiki – Jake Gardner Bio
Jake Gardner is an Omaha bar owner who witnesses say shot and killed a young black man outside of his business last night as protests raged in the city, but police have not made an arrest. Police identified the victim as 22-year-old James Spurlock.
Gardner is a Navy veteran, according to his Facebook page. He served as a non-commissioner in the infantry from 2000 to 2005. He is an Omaha native, graduated from Millard West High School in 2000. He later studied at Metropolitan Community College and Humboldt State University, he said on Facebook. Gardner has owned The Gatsby, a nightclub and dance club, in Omaha since November 2019, according to his Facebook profile. He has owned The Hive Rock Club and Art Gallery since 2011. His third business, Surreal Cereal Bar, also opened in November 2019. He is also the founder and CEO of AmeriGreen LLC and EON Hospitality Management.
At 10:15 p.m. Saturday, not long before Spurlock was shot and killed, Gardner posted on Facebook, “Just when you think “ what else could 2020 throw at me?” Then you have to pull 48 hours of military style firewatch 🤷♂️ 🔥 👀”
Jake Gardner Killed By James Scurlock
Around midnight Saturday night, Omaha police tweeted that someone had been shot on 12th and Harney, and that the suspect was “free.” Not long after they reported that the “suspect was in custody”. Gardner’s name was confirmed by the Omaha World-Herald.
Suspect is in custody. https://t.co/ntoZUUQ3Di
— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) May 31, 2020
A bar called The Hive is there, and Gardner, 38, owns the bar and other local businesses, according to his LinkedIn account. Police have hidden the shooter’s name since the incident occurred around 11 p.m. last night, although Gardner is known in Omaha and there were many witnesses. Gardner’s name does not appear on an Omaha arrest list. There are more than 500 comments on the Omaha Police Department’s Facebook page about the shooting and many demand Gardner’s arrests for the murder.
Gardner’s bar The Hive is themed around the band 311. After the shooting, the band posted on Instagram, “Our hearts are breaking for a young man named James Scurlock who was killed protesting last night in our hometown of Omaha following the brutal death of George Floyd.”
The band added, “James was killed by a longtime fan of 311. We do not stand for bigotry or prejudice of any kind and denounce these senseless killings and those responsible. Peace, Love Unity and Respect. Let’s keep it that way. This hatred needs to stop and we need to stand up and work together to end it.”
Jake Gardner Shooting Video on Social Media
Young Black Male Killed In Omaha Nebraska Protest by local Buisiness Owner !!! RT pic.twitter.com/ieTGejA9jH
— Lil Christ Kross (@Only1Kross) May 31, 2020
While the police have not named Gardner, social media is lit with accusations that Gardner shot 22-year-old James Scurlock in front of the Hive Bar. In the video of the shooting circulating online, the footage is shaky but It shows a confrontation between two men, one white and the other black on the sidewalk. There are many people standing and you can hear two people saying, “This N ** has a gun!” Repeatedly. One says, “It’s not worth it N ***, you have a gun!”
Police Investigation & Report
Olivia released a press release on Sunday afternoon identifying the victim as James Scurlock, 22, but without naming a suspect. However, they said: “The Omaha Police Department is not currently searching for a suspect. Investigators are in the process of reviewing all the evidence gathered, videos, witness interviews and consulting with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office. ” Police said the investigation is still ongoing and is asking witnesses for information.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told a news conference Saturday that they made 51 arrests Saturday night, most of those arrested were white, he said. About the shooting, Schmaderer said “someone who fired that weapon” was detained and that the person is still in police custody. No charges have been filed against the shooter. According to Schmaderer, it is the decision of the county attorney whether or not to file the charges.