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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Suspect in fatal shooting at New Year’s party turns himself in

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

A documented gang member suspected of fatally shooting a 23-year-old man at a New Year’s party in south Wichita has turned himself in, authorities said.

Joshua Martin, 24, surrendered at City Hall shortly before noon Tuesday, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Martin was among those at a house party in the 6300 block of South Madison on Saturday night and early Sunday morning when an argument escalated into a fight, Lt. Todd Ojile said. The loser in the fight then called some of his friends for support.

Three of those friends drove to the block and parked about 50 yards from the house where the party was being held, Ojile said. After they got out of the car, they saw a large group at the end of the block and realized they were greatly outnumbered.

They returned to their small white sedan and were starting to drive off when someone fired several shots at their car. One of the shots went through the trunk of the car and then the back seat before striking Nate Clark in the back, Nolte said.

The driver of the sedan drove to the QuikTrip at K-15 and 71st Street South in Derby and called 911. An ambulance arrived at the convenience store, and Clark was pronounced dead at 2:33 a.m.

While Martin is a documented gang member, Ojile said, evidence does not suggest the shooting was gang-related. He was the only gang member at the party.

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

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