1 dead, 2 injured after shooting at Salina day care

Scene of Salina fatal shooting on August 7, 2015 (Photo courtesy KSAL)

SALINA, Kan. — A woman who runs a daycare out of her Salina home is still in the hospital recovering from several gunshot wounds.

Police say the woman’s estranged husband broke into her house on Friday, shooting her and another man before killing himself.

There were six kids in the home at the time of the shooting, ranging from as young as 11 months to 10-years-old. Police tell KSN that three of the kids belonged to the victim. The other three were kids she was caring for as part of the daycare. They ran out the house screaming as gunfire rang out and escaped unharmed.

The ordeal began just before 4:00 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman, a male friend and the six kids all returned to the home. The woman noticed that her back door had been broken in so she went inside and dialed 911. A couple minutes later she found her estranged husband upstairs. He began shooting at her.

She screamed and ran out of the house with the children. The shooter, Dan Fish, followed her outside shooting at her several more times.

When a neighbor who lives across the street heard the shots, he ran over to help. Fish then shot him as well so he ran back to his home where he grabbed a belt to use as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, then returned to help and was shot again just before the Fish turned the gun on himself.

“This is a domestic violence incident and it was obvious that his intent was to murder her,” said Captain Mike Sweeney, Salina Police Department. “Fortunately for her, she sustained some life threatening serious injuries by being shot multiple times, but she’s able to survive.”

The neighbor who heard the shots and came running across the street to help was also shot several times. He is now out of the hospital.

Jerry Alkire admits he’s lucky to be alive after bullets went through his leg and chest.

“The doctor said it was the million dollar wound because it came in here and exited by my heart by one inch,” Alkire said.

“All I knew was I needed to get to her you know because she was laying down in the street with me bleeding the way I was I mean after I seen my chest I wasn’t going anywhere so I just laid there and you now just tried to help her as much as I can just talking to her trying to keep her conscious.”

The victim is expected to survive after several surgeries.

And while Alkire doesn’t think of himself as a hero, there’s a good chance his actions saved his neighbor’s life.

“If I had to do it again I would absolutely because I mean first thing they have their mother and second thing you know it made my family proud knowing I was able to stand up and at least try,” he said.

 

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