Police Chief: Old Town shooting a ‘cowardly act’

Norman Williams

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WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams gave an update to the Old Town shooting that happened early Sunday morning.

Williams called the shooting a “cowardly act.”

A gunman shot seven people just after 2 a.m. near Douglas and Mead.

Kolby Hopkins
Kolby Hopkins

Police say Kolby B. Hopkins, 25, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police are looking for one suspect who fired multiple shots outside.

The shooting happened after a fight in the streets.

Hopkins, who died hours later, was an innocent bystander.

“We’re talking hundreds of people were fortunate that we didn’t have more people injured based on the fact that this person was using a semi automatic weapon,” said Norman Williams, Wichita Police Chief.

Eleven officers were only a block away when it all happened.

Williams credits his team for responding so quickly but says preventing crimes will take more than beefing up patrols in the area.

“If people are consuming alcohol, getting in arguments, somebody needs to intercede and get them out of there because we can not put an officer on every street.”

Right now, police are looking for cell phone footage from bystanders and evidence that they have collected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.

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