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Homicide victim shot by accomplice during robbery, police say

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — Andre Lovett was in the midst of a robbery when he was inadvertently shot and fatally wounded by his accomplice, Wichita police said today.

Lovett, 30, died at about 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesley Medical Center, where he had been dropped off the night before by someone driving a blue Chevy Uplander, Lt. Ken Landwehr said.

"We believe the individual that drove the Uplander is the partner in the robbery," Landwehr said.

The vehicle was found in southeast Wichita Thursday, but police are still looking for the shooter.

Lovett and his partner were in the process of robbing four people at a rental house at 1822 N. Minneapolis when the shooting occurred, Landwehr said.

The four victims in the house scattered after the shooting, but police have since been able to interview three of them. They're still looking for the fourth victim.

The victims told police the shooting appeared to be accidental, Landwehr said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, about 6-foot-3 and between 280 and 300 pounds.

Lovett's death is the first homicide of 2011 in Wichita, Landwehr said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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