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WICHITA, Kansas– Police are frustrated after learning someone posted cellphone video of the shooting in Old Town instead of coming to them first.
Investigators are hoping that video will eventually lead them to the gunman who killed Kolby Hopkins, 25 and injured six other men.
Cellphone video of the Old Town shooting has been viewed almost 3,000 times since it was first posted on YouTube on Friday.
Police received a tip that the video was online and have since downloaded the video as evidence.
“We have very well trained detectives and video people that can go through that stuff and enhance that,” said Captain Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department. “Maybe add to what’s already out there.”
Police have been pleading with the public for more than a week to speak up if they witnessed the violence in the 100 block of N. Mead, but so far they haven’t had much luck until now.
“I’m still requesting that anyone with information on the video or the shooting itself to please come forward to provide that to us,” said Allred. “We really don’t care how we get it. Let it get into our possession so that detectives can go through that video and clean what they can out of it.”
The dramatic cellphone video captured a crowd of people walking around in the street then you can see there’s a group gathered in the parking lot about to fight.
Moments later you hear the gunshots.
Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams understands that people are afraid to cooperate in fear of retaliations, but argues police are here to protect in order to bring closure to the victim’s families.
“We all have responsibilities and obligations to help those families that have lost a loved one as a result of the violence in particularly Mr. Hopkins’ family” said Police Chief Norman Williams, Wichita Police Department. “They want to know why was their son killed and the six other victims want to know why they were shot randomly in Old Town.”
The Hopkins’ family tells KSN News they have heard about the video.
They say it hurts them to know that there were a lot of people in Old Town that night who saw something, but are still not cooperating with police to help solve the case.
If you have any information, cellphone videos, or photos of the shooting you are encouraged to call police and you can remain anonymous at 316-267-2111.