WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police officers were called to a shooting in Old Town Saturday morning that left two men wounded. The incident occurred shortly after 1:45 a.m. in the 800 block of East Douglas.
Wichita Police Capt. Jose Salcido said when officers arrived on the scene they saw three people running south toward a business on Douglas. One of the men was wounded and was taken to a hospital. The two others were not apprehended.
A few minutes later a report of second person with a gunshot wound was reported in the 2000 block of South Erie. That person reported he had been wounded in the shooting on E. Douglas.
Neither gunshot victim suffered serious injuries and refused to provide investigators with information about the incident.
Salcido said the shooting was not random and was not connected to any establishment in Old Town.
While Salcido would not say whether the shooting was gang related, he said there were two groups who were involved who previously had been involved in a feud. He said he did not know the nature of the feud nor why the shots were fired.
A car also was randomly struck by gunfire during the incident. One person was inside the car but was not injured. Damage to the car was estimated at about $500.
Carolyn Haefele has lived in Wichita her whole life.
She says that safety in Old Town isn’t up to par.
“No I don’t think so, I definitely wouldn’t be comfortable with my kids coming down here and partying at night,” said Haefele.
WPD and the Old Town Association have been creating an action plan, aimed at making the area safer
It was just over two weeks ago, they announced changes were on the way.
Those changes included 16 new lights and an upgraded security system to about a dozen of the Old Town bars.
However, Haefele says those safety improvements aren’t happening fast enough.
Haefele says one shooting in the area is one too many.
“It’s scary, I mean you hear about shootings, not like every other day, definitely enough to make you a little worried to come down here and try and have a good time,” said Haefele.
Safety in Old Town has been on the radar of Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.
Back in March, Chief Ramsay said he was committed and determined to enhance safety in the area.
WPD and the Old Town Association continue to work on additional measures to boost safety in the area.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 316-268-4191, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and could result in a reward being paid to the tipster if the tip leads to an arrest in the case.