UPDATE: Victims have been identified

KEARNEY, Neb. -- The Kearney Police Department says the scene is now secure after hours of negotiation between authorities and a shooting suspect.

Parts of central Kearney were closed off in connection with the search for a suspect in a Monday morning double shooting. Kearney Police said they closed four blocks in the area of 2nd Avenue and 18th Street Monday morning.


Police were looking for 33-year-old Jeffrey Smith. He's suspected of shooting two women in rural Elm Creek early Monday morning.

As of the early afternoon, area residents were still being advised to shelter in place, but a tweet by the Kearney Police Department said the scene is now secure.

None of the children in the home were physically hurt, officials said.

Kearney police Lt. Kevin Thompson identified the victims as Amber Schade, 35, and her mother, Lena Rouse, 63. They were taken to a Kearney hospital before being transported to another hospital later Monday.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News Channel Nebraska for updates.