Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a shooting incident that wounded two people early Thursday near Ninth and I-135.
One of the victims, an 18-year-old man, reported he was walking in the 1100 block of North Madison when he was shot shortly after midnight. He ran to a relative’s house one block east on Ash and asked for help, authorities said. That’s northwest of Ninth and Grove and east of I-135.
The 18-year-old was shot in the head from what is thought to be pellets from a shotgun, Lt. Doug Nolte said. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center in serious condition. His injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, Nolte said.
Officers investigating the incident found evidence of a shooting in an alley next to a house in the 1100 block of North Madison. Nolte said police have identified other suspects and their involvement is yet to be determined.
About five hours later, a 15-year-old boy walked into Wesley with a gunshot wound to his right arm. Police have not been able to determine his whereabouts between the time of the shooting and when he showed up at the hospital. His injury was also non-life-threatening, Nolte said.
Police are trying to determine if an altercation took place before the shooting and whether it is related to other recent shooting incidents in the same area.
A drive-by shooting involving a shotgun and a black SUV occurred Friday near 26th North and Ash. The 16-year-old wounded in the shooting reported hearing three shots. He was treated at the scene for an injury from a single shotgun pellet.
Another drive-by shooting was reported Sunday night. It occurred in the 2000 block of North Green, near 21st and Grove. A 44-year-old woman reported hearing three shots fired from a black SUV. Her house was hit, but no one was hurt.
Nolte said police always look into possible connections for shootings that occur in close proximity to each other. He did say they think this most recent shooting is gang-related.