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Dispute over vehicle leads to shooting outside south Wichita restaurant, police say

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 11:50 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.

A 36-year-old man is lucky to be alive after being shot in the face at close range late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A 48-year-old man driving by Mike’s Steakhouse at 2131 S. Broadway at about 5 p.m. saw a car that belonged to him in the restaurant’s parking lot, Lt. Scott Heimerman said. Thinking the car had been stolen, he pulled into the lot and confronted the two men inside the Pontiac.

The men got out of the car as the dispute escalated, Heimerman said, and then the car’s owner pulled out a gun and pointed it at them. He then shot the driver in the face and fired another shot into the pavement, Heimerman said. The bullet ricocheted and hit the second person who had been in the car, a 55-year-old man.

When a witness tried to call 911, Heimerman said, the suspect pointed his gun at them but did not fire.

Another family member had loaned the car to the man shot in the face, Heimerman said, but the owner did not know that.

“The suspect over-reacted considerably in this instance,” he said.

The shooting victim was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with injuries that turned out to be remarkably minor given the circumstances, Heimerman said.

“It turned out to be more superficial than anything,” he said. “He’s going to be fine.

“We’re lucky that we’re not working a murder.”

The second shooting victim declined treatment. The shooter was taken into custody for questioning and then arrested, Heimerman said.

Evidence in the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office later this week, he said.

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

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