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Drive-by shooting damages Braum’s on North Rock Road

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 10, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.

Twenty-one people escaped injury from bullets and shattered glass during a drive-by shooting at a Wichita Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store on Friday evening.

Wichita police Sgt. Jeff Davis said patrons and employees inside the branch at 37th and Rock Road ducked to the floor and took cover in restrooms when gunfire erupted around 9:55 p.m. An employee of the store told police who responded to 911 calls that she heard multiple shots fired from outside and then the sound of breaking glass.

“It was a pretty scary situation there for about 10 or 15 minutes,” Davis said. He added that one man with young children reported taking shelter beneath a table.

Davis said it remained unclear Saturday from where the shots originated or whether the shooter or shooters meant to target the store or someone inside.

Several witnesses, he said, reported seeing a black party bus “filled with kids” parked in a nearby parking lot around the time the shooting occurred but police did not know Saturday whether they were involved. No arrests have been made in the case.

Davis said Saturday drive-by shootings at businesses are rare.

“Generally our drive-bys, in my experience, are usually at homes and are usually in retaliation for something. And that’s why the (police) supervisors that were coming off shift when I was coming on think maybe that the party bus was involved somehow. But we just can’t tie that together. ... There are a lot of unknowns right now.”

More details are expected Monday, Davis said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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