A 20-year-old gang member has been arrested and accused of firing a shotgun at a car in a west Wichita McDonalds drive-through lane earlier this month.
Isaac Pankratz faces four counts of aggravated battery and is jailed on a $200,000 bond awaiting his preliminary hearing, which has been set for Feb. 11. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail late Monday morning.
According to a court affidavit filed in connection with a federal charge against Sean Costa, he was a passenger in a Chevy TrailBlazer that went through the McDonalds drive-through at Dugan next to West Kellogg on the morning of Jan. 9. A 1990 Buick LeSabre struck the rear bumper of the TrailBlazer when it cut in front of the Buick.
When the Buick exited, a woman left the drivers seat of the TrailBlazer and threw a tire tool that hit the side of the Buick, occupied by a female driver and a male passenger, the affidavit said. About the same time, a man exited a rear passenger door of the TrailBlazer and fired a shotgun blast that hit the post between the doors on the drivers side of the Buick.
Wichita police think Pankratz, who is a documented gang member, is the man who fired the blast. No one was injured by the gunfire.
Costa faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a shotgun. Investigators found the 12-gauge shotgun at a west Wichita home where Costa and his girlfriend were staying during a search triggered by the McDonalds incident, the affidavit said.
Costas girlfriend, Melissa Palacios, 27, faces four counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal possession of a firearm in connection with the McDonalds incident. She is being held on $250,000 bond and her preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 28.