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Man shot last week on South Rutan still hospitalized; police seeking gunman

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:48 p.m.

A 40-year-old man shot last week during a scuffle on South Rutan remained in a Wichita hospital Thursday and police are still looking for the gunman, authorities said.

Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said a 25-year-old male suspect had been identified but was not in custody as of Thursday.

His whereabouts are unknown to police, Nolte said.

The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3000 of South Rutan, near Hillside and 31st Street South. Nolte said the 40-year-old confronted the 25-year-old at the address, the home of his child’s mother.

The argument – over the mother, 27 – escalated until the 25-year-old pulled a gun and shot the other man in the chest. He then fled in a vehicle, Nolte said.

The mother witnessed the shooting and called 911, Nolte said. She told officers she found her child’s father lying in her yard, according to an incident report.

Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services transported the 40-year-old man to Wesley Medical Center with critical injuries. He had been upgraded to fair condition by Thursday, a Wesley operator said.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show the 25-year-old suspect absconded Aug.31 after he was paroled in state last March. He served just less than four years in prison for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery, among other charges, records show.

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

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