One man is dead and a second critically injured in two separate shootings -- one in downtown, the other in southeast Wichita -- that authorities think may be linked, a Wichita police sergeant said late Thursday night.
In the first shooting, which happened about 9:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North Emporia, a 30-year-old man sustained multiple gunshots wounds, Wichita police Sgt. Drew Seiler said at the scene. The man was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was pronounced dead at around 10 p.m., authorities said.
Seiler said the man was found lying near the front door of a house on North Emporia; it's unknown whether he lived there. Those who witnessed the shooting were being interviewed by police Thursday night, he said.
The second shooting was reported a short time later in the 1600 block of South Spruce, near Harry and I-135, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. Emergency crews transported a man who was shot to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, according to 911 dispatch. He is in his 20s, the dispatch supervisor said.
Seiler said Thursday night the shootings may be connected.
"We are working them together, because we do believe they are related, but we haven't confirmed that," he said.
At the North Emporia shooting, in downtown south of Central, authorities had cordoned off a light-colored house with crime scene tape. Police searched the ground nearby with flashlights. A homicide detective was among those on the scene.
At least three men are being sought in connection with the fatal shooting, Seiler said. He did not provide a further suspect description Thursday night. Further information on the South Spruce shooting was not immediately available.
Seiler said more details in both cases will likely be released Friday at the Wichita Police Department's 10 a.m. news briefing with media.