WICHITA, Kansas — Police are investigating the shooting of two teenage boys early Thursday.
The victims showed up at the hospital five hours apart, but police think they were shot at the same time during a gang incident.
The first victim is an 18 year old who says he was shot just after midnight while walking in the 1100 block of N. Madison. He was hit in the head by pellets from a shotgun blast.
He was able to run home and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.
The victim told police he was by himself when a group approached him and he did not see who shot him.
“There was some confusion at the hospital because a family member of a second supposed victim showed up and when officers were sorting it out, they realized that there might be a second victim that was involved,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
Around 5 a.m., that second victim, a 15 year old, showed up at the hospital. He had a gunshot wound to the right arm.
Police believe he was hit during the incident on Madison. They don’t know why he waited so long to get treatment.
“We believe the incident was gang-related based on information that we have on who was involved,” said Nolte.
“We have very little information as far as what happened.” he said. “We believe that the story of the individual that was walking home alone and getting shot is probably not the exact sequence of events that occurred. There was some sort of altercation.”
Police took several people in for questioning and arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated battery. They are still looking for other suspects.
Police are asking anyone with information on the crime to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.