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Hertzler refused, rolled up his
window and told Howe to lock his
door. Hertzler was backing up the
car when the man on the driver’s
side pulled out a short shotgun and
fired at the window.
The shot broke the driver’s side
window, and pellets struck Hertzler
in the left wrist, forearm and right
leg. Howe was hit in the left fore
arm and abdomen.
Hertzler quickly drove away
and went to Fire Station 9 at 901N.
Cotner Blvd., where the two Were
given medical attention.
Howe said he remembered most
of the experience clearly.
“The guy pulled his coat aside
and pulled out a shotgun and aimed
it at Mike’s head,” Howe said.
When the first shot was fired,
Hertzler leaned forward and put his
hand in front of his face, Howe said.
Most of the pellets sunk into
Hertzler’s arm, Howe said, and
some sprayed into Hertzler’s leg.
“The second shot was aimed at
me,” Howe said.
Hertzler again put up his arms
and leaned forward, blocking some
of the shot, Howe said.
“He took both blows trying to
protect me,” Howe said. “If he
hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.”
Howe’s clothes — a T-shirt,
sweater and heavy parka coat —
also absorbed some of the blast, he
said. Four pellets hit him in the left
arm and one hit his stomach, he
“My arm just felt like it was on
fire,” Howe said.
Howe helped Hertzler turn the
steering wheel as they sped away.
He directed Hertzler to the fire sta
tion a few blocks away and prayed
aloud that his Mend would survive.
Howe ran into the fire station,
not realizing his own wounds were
leaving blood on the ground. "
“I yelled, ‘Help, help, the guy
in the car is worse than me,’” Howe
Firefighters cut through the vic
tims’ blood-soaked shirt sleeves
and stopped the bleeding, Howe
At the hospital, Howe waited
waited for nine hours for Hertzler
to get out of surgery.
Doctors told Howe that Hertzler
had lost all feeling in three fingers
and had to have a skin graft to re
construct his wrist. Hertzler also
had an artery removed from his
Howe’s arm was bandaged as
doctors told him they would have
to wait to see if his muscle would
heal on its own, he said. The pellet
in his stomach had dislodged itself
in the ambulance.
Hertzler will probably undergo
surgery again this week, Howe said.
Howe described Hertzler, a pas
tor at Faith Bible Church, 5910 S.
58th St., as a “great friend.” Howe
said the pastor’s actions Monday
night showed he cared about him.
Howe had called Hertzler Mon
day to ask him few: a ride to work,
he said. Howe cleans the dental of
fice at night after his late English
253 class at the University of Ne
" , Normally, Howe rides his bike
to die office, but he called Hertzler
because he wanted to talk about his
i long day, he aaft.
Hertzler didn’t remember much
of that conversation Monday after*
noon when Howe left the hospital.
Howe tried to cheer him up before
“I knew it would do him a lot of
good to see me,” Howe said.
Police weren’t able to talk to
Hertzler about the shooting, but
Howe gave them a description of
the two men.
He told police the gunman was
a black man about 30 years old,
about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a
beard and mustache. He was wear
ing a dark, heavy coat.
The other assailant was a black .
man of medium build. He had dark
chin-length hair and a beige coat. *'
Anyone with information i&<*n
couraged to call Lincoln police,
Forensics team awarded
FORENSICS from page 1
have learned more lessons through
competing than through any other col
lege class or activity. They have
learned these lessons not only from
their coaches and teammates, but also
through the friends they have made at
“We have met so many people
across the nation and have formed
great friendships, with other teams,”
Azizinamini said. “The team’s success
has really made UNL stand out nation
ally for more than just football.”
Hie'team is already preparing for
the state and national tournaments in
the spring. At last year’s state touma
ment, the team took first place away
from Hastings College, which had won
six years in a row. At nationals, it
placed 17th out of 145 speech teams
with only six people competing.
“When we can go up against the
largest universities who bring 40 to 60
people — and still be in their league
— it shows the quality we have,”
Regardless of how the team does
competitively this year, success goes
beyond awards and trophies, Perlich
“Our real goal is to have students
try new techniques and take risks,” he
said. “Learning something new is the
Gering teen dies from gunshot
MINATARE (AP) — A 16-year
old Gering boy was killed and another
17-year-old injured during a shooting
that stemmed from an argument, pos
sibly over a woman, according to court
documents filed Tuesday.
Travis Iron Shell was killed and
Jesse Gallagher was injured during a
shooting Monday at a Minatare house.
Pete Herrera, 25, of Minatare was
charged with unintentional manslaugh
ter, felony assault and use of a firearm
to commit a felony in the incident.
Apparently Herrera and Gallagher
were dating the same woman.
A probable cause affidavit filed in
Scotts Bluff County Court said Herrera
told police he invited Gallagher to bis
home after the boy threatened him over
Herrera said two carloads of people
showed up at his house and at least four
of the visitors were armed with pipes
and bats, according to the documents.
Herrera said he got a .22 caliber
rifle when the crowd got violent and
he fired once into the crowd, hitting
one person. When he went back into
the house, he said he heard someone
breaking windows and fired at a
screen, hitting another person.
Iron Shell was pronounced dead at
a Scottsbluff hospital of a bullet wound
to the back. Gallagher was in good
condition late Tuesday.
Herrera is being held on $250,000
A crisis intervention team visited
Gering High School on Tuesday to
help students cope with the trauma of
Minatare is a town east of
Scottsbluff in western Nebraska with
a population of about 970 people.
By Kasey Kerber
to turn si
fight against breast cancer?.
The center has joined effbrts-with
the National Breast Cancer Coalition
in Washington, D.C., to collect 2.6
million signatures, the number repre
senting the number of women in the
United States currently afflicted with
The petition also calls for $2.6 bil
lion in congressional funding for can
cer research by the year 2000.
Judith Kriss, director of the
Women’s Center, said the center be
gan collecting signatures for the peti
tion in October.
She said 98 signatures had been
collected so far, and she expected
many more to be collected before the
March deadline set by the National
Breast Cancer Coalition.
Kriss said all 93 signers had a per
sonal connection to breast cancer.
“Everyone either knows someone
who has died from breast cancer or is
battling it,” she said. “With 2.6 mil
lion Women inflicted with it, it’s hard
not to know someone who has been
affected by it.” ...w.u
Kriss said breast cancer sometimes
gets less attention than health problems
Uke HIV and AIDS, but she said it still
needs the same financial support.
She said breast cancer is often mis
conceived by the public as affecting
only those women who have a family
history of breast cancer.
“We always look at the high risk
category,” Kriss said. “Someone is in
the high risk category if a grandmother,
mother or family member has a past
history of breast cancer.”
But Kriss said women who are not
in high-risk groups for breast cancer
still account for many cases.
“There needs to be a cure,” she
said. “Seeing as how we don’t have a
clue how to prevent it or what causes
The Women’s Center, is encourag
ing anyone concerned about finding a
cure for breast cancer to stop by its
office and sign the petition.
ASUN senators to take part in
campus diversity teleconference
By Tasha E. Kelter
Many ASUN senators will attend
a national teleconference in the Ne
braska Union tonight to discuss diver
sity issues on campus.
The 6 p.m. teleconference will fea
ture a panel discussion with Michael
Dyson, professor of communication
studies at the University of North
H Carolina at Chapel Hill,v and Ronald
Takaki, professor of ethnic studies at
the University of California at Berke
' CNN political analyst Farai
Chideya will moderate.
The audience will watch the dis
cussion for half an hour, after which
there will be an open discussion about
diversity topics specific to UNL’s cam
pus. They will then pick up the tele
conference, where more than 200
schools will be watching the program.
; Reshell Ray, coordinator of ethnic
minority programs at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, said the event
would provide an opportunity to look
at di versity issues on campus.
“I think it’s incredibly positive,”
Ray said. “It adds to their commit
, Eric Marintzer, president of the
Association of the Students of the
University of Nebraska, said senators
would be giving progress reports
throughout the meeting.
“It’s always interesting to see ex
actly what perceptions of race relations
are on other campuses,” he said.
Marintzej- said the program could
provide valuable insight into what stu
dents see as positive and negative as
pects of UNL’s commitment to diver
Malcolm Kass, Government Liai
son Committee chairman, is attending
the program to represent the
government’s interest in diversity is
sues on campus.
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