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Woman shot in jaw at west Wichita home

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 8:52 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.

A woman suffered a gunshot wound to her jaw after two men tried to force their way into her west Wichita home Wednesday night.

Wichita police Sgt. Kurt Peckenschneider said the pair knocked on the door of a house in the 400 block of South Edwards at 8:20 p.m. and tried to coax the woman’s boyfriend outside onto the porch.

When the boyfriend refused, the pair tried to force their way into the house, Peckenschneider said. A scuffle ensued.

“The two male suspects attempted to bull their way into the residence with the male resident here trying to slam the door,” he said.

One man standing on the porch pulled a handgun and fired twice into the house. At least one bullet penetrated the door and struck the woman in her jaw as she was helping her boyfriend keep the intruders out. Peckenschneider said he did not know whether the second shot hit anything.

The woman, in her 20s, was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in critical condition, Peckenschneider said. She was undergoing surgery Wednesday and is expected to survive.

Her boyfriend, also in his 20s, was not hurt. The couple told police they did not know the gunmen.

The house is located south of Maple and west of Friends University.

Peckenschneider said witnesses reported seeing two men wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts running to the south in an alley east of the house. Their ages were unknown.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com.

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