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Man shot in leg Sunday at Wendy’s drive-through remains hospitalized

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, June 24, 2013, at 12:41 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, June 24, 2013, at 3:42 p.m.

Police are looking for a suspect who shot a 30-year-old man in a drive-through lane of a west Wichita restaurant Sunday night.

The victim told police he was waiting in the drive-through lane of a Wendy’s at 1705 W. 21st St. when a stranger walked up to his car at about 6:45 p.m. and asked him for the time, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The man in the car told police he became uncomfortable with the stranger’s behavior and tried to drive off.

It was at that point, he said, that the stranger pulled out a handgun and shot him in the leg, Nolte said. The suspect, a man in his 30s, drove off in a red Ford Explorer.

Witnesses told police the victim took something from his car and put it into the trunk before calling 911.

“That was a little bit suspicious,” Nolte said, adding that there may be more to the story than the victim has shared so far.

The victim was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he is in fair condition.

Nolte said police will ask the victim’s permission to open the trunk of his vehicle to see what he put in there. If he does not grant permission, they’ll get a warrant to search the car.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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