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Police: Man dies after being shot in his house near 23rd Street and I-135

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at 8:54 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.

A man, 26, is dead after he was shot inside of his Wichita home Tuesday evening, a police official said.

Family returned to the house, in the 1700 block of East 23rd Street North, after a short outing, found the man at about 8:20 p.m. and alerted police, Capt. Rusty Leeds said at the scene. The man was taken to Wesley Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor.

He was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., Leeds said.

As of Tuesday evening, police had not identified a suspect or released a description of a possible shooter.

The man was home with two children, both under age 5, when he was shot, Leeds said; they are safe and with family.

There are no known eyewitnesses, he said.

Several officers stood outside, near the porch of the single-story house Tuesday evening. The front door was open. Crime scene tape cordoned off the driveway. A chain link fence enclosed the rest of the front yard.

Leeds said the man lives in the house with other family members. Those who found the man were being questioned by police Tuesday night, he added.

“We have folks we have to interview, and hopefully, some time tonight, information will come forth that will give us other leads to follow," Leeds said.

Authorities do not think the shooting is gang-related, and the victim is not a documented gang member, Leeds said.

Initial reports from 911 dispatch indicated the man was age 27. Leeds said at the scene that the victim is 26.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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