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WICHITA, Kansas – A riot following a rap concert at a Wichita club was followed by several shots being fired in the parking lot.
It started just after 1:30 Friday morning as Club Rodeo was shutting down.
Police say the crowd of around 1,300 people was making its way to the exit when a fight broke out. Beer bottles and chairs were thrown and before long the fight had grown to an all out riot.
After multiple warnings to disperse, authorities released a smoke bomb. They say that broke up the fight and everyone started to leave again.
Once most people were in the parking lot however, several shots were fired from a gun.
It is unknown if the bullets were fired at a person or into the air, but police say no one was injured by the shots.
Several people were hurt during the fight, however, with two of them taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police say all in all, things could have been much worse.
“Every officer out here performed excellent,” says Lt. Jose Salcido. “True professionals and we did very well. I’m very pleased at the outcome considering what could have happened.”
“Officers were giving out descriptions of who they thought might be involved with the weapons and as it turns out that sheriff’s officer was able to stop the vehicle we believe was shooting the gun, ” said Lt. Doug Nolte.
Two men, a 23-year-old and 26-year-old with guns, were arrested for weapon violations and discharging a firearm within city limits.
Several other people were taken into custody for their part in the large brawl, including one person police say wanted on a federal warrant.
Wichita police are continuing the investigation.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to call police.