WICHITA, Kansas – Two people are dead and two seriously wounded following shootings at separate locations in Wichita Thursday night.
Wichita police say one person was pronounced dead at the scene of the first shooting in the 800 block of S. San Pablo in east Wichita. That incident occurred shortly before 8:45 Thursday night.
On Friday, Lt. Jeff Gilmore, Wichita Police Department said that police arrived at the home and found a 21-year-old victim sitting in a chair in the basement with a gunshot wound to the head. A 19-year-old, who was not at the home when police arrived, later turned himself in for the shooting. He was arrested on second-degree murder charges.
Gilmore said the shooting happened when three people, including one juvenile, were handling a firearm in “a reckless manner” and it went off, shooting the 21-year-old victim. All three lived in the home.
The identities of the victim and suspect have not been released pending notification of family members.
NORTH MERIDIAN SHOOTING
About 15 minutes later, police were dispatched to a “vehicle accident” near 53rd Street North and Meridian. Police found a vehicle that had crashed with three victim’s inside. A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and two other men, a 21- and 22-year-old, were taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Lt. Todd Ojile told KSN Friday that when officers arrived on the scene, a witness told them that a man had left the car and run south on Meridian.
A short time later, another witness told police a man had come to her house who said he had shot three people. That 22-year-old man then contacted police and was taken into custody.
Lt. Ojile said the incident involved the men driving the suspect to two family members homes before the shooting in an unsuccessful attempt to get a large amount of money to pay a drug debt.