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One dead in shooting at southeast Wichita convenience store; suspect in custody

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at 9:44 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 12:34 p.m.

One man is dead and another in custody Sunday following a shooting at a southeast Wichita gas station and convenience store.

The shooting happened at 7:20 p.m. at the southwest corner of Harry and Hydraulic.

Police responded at the scene by blocking off portions of Hydraulic, Harry and an area a few blocks south of the intersection near an apartment complex.

“We had a shooting,” Wichita police spokesman Sgt. Donald Kimball said in a briefing to local media. “When officers arrived, they found a male that had been shot. Circumstances surrounding the shooting are unknown at this time. We are still investigating the scene. We have a person of interest on the sixth floor being interviewed along with multiple witnesses.”

The shooting victim, who was later pronounced dead, was in his 30s and happened to be in the store at the time, Kimball said.

The suspect was located later within the neighborhood, near the convenience store.

More details of the convenience store shooting are expected to be released on Monday.

“Our crime scene investigators will process the scene, photograph the area; video evidence from surrounding stores may help us identify the actual suspect and any other witnesses and circumstances surrounding the shooting,” Kimball said.

Sunday night marked the second time in the Wichita area this weekend that a person died as the result of a shooting.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting that occurred Friday night in which Melissa Bluml of Valley Center was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m. Saturday, less than 24 hours after she and her husband were found with gunshot wounds in the 5900 block of East 109th Street North.

Wichita police also are investigating a west Wichita incident in which multiple shots were fired early Sunday morning, a 17-year-old was injured and several buildings and a car were hit by bullets.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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