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Search continues for people involved in Broadway shooting

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 17, 2013, at 12:41 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.

Police are still looking for the people involved in a shooting on North Broadway that prompted the lockdown of several schools in the area.

What was called a “rolling disturbance” began shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday when someone in a white car fired at least three rounds at the SUV after it pulled into the parking lot of the Family Dollar in the 300 block of East 13th Street. At least one witness told police that someone in the SUV returned gunfire.

The SUV then sped away and crashed moments later at 11th and Waco, police said. Whoever was inside ran away.

Police spent several hours searching the area for at least two men, triggering lockdowns at North High School, Marshall Middle School, Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, Park Elementary, Irving Elementary and Woodland Elementary, a Wichita public schools spokeswoman said.

A 23-year-old woman who owns the SUV was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice after she showed up at the scene and refused to cooperate with officers, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said Friday.

“It had been struck by some gunfire,” Nolte said.

Officers found blood in the vehicle, suggesting someone inside had been hit by gunfire or glass fragments, he said. But a check of local hospitals found no new patients with injuries consistent with what the evidence suggested had happened.

“At this point, we don’t know who did the shooting to the vehicle” that appeared to be targeted, Nolte said.

Shell casings were found in the parking lot of the Family Dollar at 13th and Broadway, he said.

Anyone who was in the area of the incident or has knowledge of those involved is encouraged to call Wichita police at 316-268-4646 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

One suspect in the shooting is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build, who had long dreadlocks and was wearing khaki pants. The second is a bald man, about 5-foot-7 with a heavy build, who may have been wearing a white shirt, he said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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