Arrest Warrant Issued for Murder
On January 31, 2016, at 1:28 a.m., members of the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Fire & Rescue responded to the report of shots fired and a man injured at 1800 Knox Street. Officers found 25-year-old Joshua Hartwig, with a gunshot wound. First responders attempted life-saving measures, before Joshua was declared deceased at the scene. It is not known how many times Joshua Hartwig was shot. An autopsy was ordered by the Lancaster County Attorney's Office.
Through further investigation, police learned there was a disturbance just prior to the shooting. A male and female were arguing outside the apartment building. Several bystanders intervened and the male party left. Police were not called to the initial disturbance. The male returned approximately 30 minutes later. He emerged from behind a building and fired multiple shots at a group of people standing outside. The suspect fled the scene. It was then that witnesses found Joshua Hartwig had been shot. No other injuries were reported. Damages estimated over $2,000 were also found to property and parked vehicles.
Witnesses later identified 33-year-old Anthony L. Wells, of Omaha, Nebraska, as the suspect. With the assistance of the Omaha Police Department and the Fugitive Task Force, Wells was located at his residence, in Omaha. He was taken into custody at 2:45 p.m., without incident, and lodged with Douglas County Corrections for a federal probation violation.
An arrest warrant was issued on February 1, 2016 for 1st degree Murder. Anthony Wells will be returned to Lancaster County at a later time to face the charges.
There are no other suspects at this time; however, investigators continue to interview witnesses and conduct searches related to the homicide. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact an LPD investigator at 402.441.6000 or submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers, 402.475.3600.