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Explosion, shots heard in Old Town this weekend

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 7:45 a.m.

Wichita police were kept busy Saturday night and early Sunday responding to incidents in the Old Town area.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, officers observed and heard a large explosion in the 100 block of North Mosley. A 29-year-old man was taken into custody after setting off a commercial grade firework, police said. After he was placed into custody, officers discovered he was a bouncer for one of the nearby clubs and carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, according to Sgt. Scott Brunow, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

And, shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, several fights broke out within the 200 block of North Mosley. While police officers were tending to one victim, several shots were fired in the 200 block of North Mead. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots near the parking garage. The occupants of one car, a 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old man reported their vehicle had been struck. Neither man was injured. While officers were in the parking garage, more shots were heard and at least one car near where officers were standing was struck.

Police are searching for a man who left in a white SUV.

Shell casings were found in the 200 block of North Mead and in the parking garage.

The incidents mark the fourth straight weekend of gunfire in the city’s downtown entertainment district.

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