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Wichita police seek new leads in May homicide

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.

Wichita police are seeking fresh leads in the May shooting death of a 23-year-old man in southeast Wichita.

Samuel Springsteen was fatally wounded early on the morning of May 27 as he stood in the front yard of the triplex where he lived in the 5100 block of East Bayley, Lt. Todd Ojile said. That’s southeast of Oliver and Lincoln.

Two of Springsteen’s friends had been in an argument with rival gang members at a party across the street from his triplex earlier in the evening. The rival gang members left the party, Ojile said, and Springsteen’s friends crossed the street to his residence.

The rival gang members were part of a group that returned to the area on foot at about 3:30 a.m. that Sunday morning, Ojile said. Springsteen and his friends went outside when they heard them.

Another argument began, and shots were fired from the group in the street, Ojile said. Springsteen was shot in the head and his friend was shot in the leg.

Springsteen was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead two days later. The friend fled the area after he was shot, but walked into Via Christi Hospital on East Harry later that day.

Springsteen was not a gang member, Ojile said, but his two friends who came to his residence that night are.

“They did not know the rival gang members,” Ojile said.

The group from which the shots came included another man and woman who have not yet been identified, he said.

Crime Stoppers has doubled the award for a tip that leads to an arrest in this case to $2,000. People can call 316-267-2111 or text their tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin the message with TIP217. They can also go on the web at www.wsccs.com.

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

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