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Suspect booked in fatal shooting near 29th and Rock

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 9:38 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 3 p.m.

Authorities booked a 47-year-old man into jail Saturday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting of a 41-year-old woman at her home near 29th and Rock Road, records show.

He was being held without bond, according to jail records. Motor vehicle records show that the man was owner of a pickup truck parked in front of the house where the shooting occurred early Saturday in the 8400 block of East Greenbriar Court.

Neighbors, who described the victim as a mother of three children, were struggling with the loss. One neighbor recalled how police knocked on her door Saturday morning and asked whether she knew anything about the “situation” next door. The police didn’t tell her what happened, but it made her worry about her neighbor and her neighbor’s children. Eventually, she learned what had occurred. She began to sob as she spoke about it Saturday afternoon.

Around the same time, police Lt. Randy Reynolds was next door, behind crime scene tape. He wore blue plastic gloves and paced back and forth in the driveway with a cellphone to his ear.

The shooting was reported at about 5:30 a.m. by a minor in the home, a 911 system supervisor said. EMS personnel determined at 5:37 a.m. that the woman had died at the scene.

The home is in a cul-de-sac neighborhood of 1980s houses. A past real estate listing said the house offers a “panoramic view of the #6 hole at Tallgrass Country Club.”

Another neighbor, who also did not want to be identified because of privacy concerns, said the woman at the house where the shooting occurred had three children and that she had a boyfriend who has one child. The woman and her children have lived there for about four years.

“Our kids are best friends with their kids,” the neighbor said. Tears began to form in his eyes.

Into the afternoon, outside lights remained on at the house. A crime-scene investigator’s van blocked the driveway. A homicide detective carried out a laundry basket full of personal items and handed it to a man just beyond the crime scene tape.

Earlier in the day, a coroner’s vehicle arrived, and a crime scene investigator took photographs, looking past the open garage door. A gray SUV sat inside. A rack of tennis balls hung from the wall. In front of the tennis ball rack sat a child’s red wagon, filled with kickballs and a basketball.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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