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Woman, 24, shot and killed while walking in Planeview

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 23, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.

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The sound of gunfire is not exactly foreign to folks who live on or near Roseberry Street in southeast Wichita.

“This is Planeview,” Aaron Cubbage said wryly Wednesday afternoon as he watched police investigators work around the corner.

His neighbor, Eddy Reed, nodded.

“It happens all the time,” Reed said of shootings in the low-income neighborhood built to provide housing for aircraft company employees during World War II.

But this round of gunfire was different. This time, someone died.

A couple were walking in the 3500 block of East Roseberry at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when several shots were fired toward them, Lt. Todd Ojile said Wednesday. The man and woman began running.

One of the shots hit the woman – identified in a police document as 24-year-old Nichole Saldana – in the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before midnight, Ojile said.

Officers found evidence in front of a residence down the street from where the woman was hit, Ojile said.

A resident of that house came outside and spoke with officers, telling them there were others inside. A SWAT team was called out and members of the team entered the house shortly before 6 a.m., Ojile said.

But no one else was in the house. No arrests have been made, Ojile said. One person was detained for questioning.

“Several individuals heard shots, but no one saw where the shots came from or who fired the shots,” he said.

Reed said he didn’t hear any shots, but his son living next door told him he heard four or five.

The victim’s husband is a documented gang member, Ojile said. They lived a few blocks from where the shooting occurred.

At least one vehicle was hit by a bullet, Ojile said. Investigators think more than one weapon was fired at the couple.

“Right now, we’re just looking for any witnesses,” Ojile said. “Right now, we have no active suspects that we’re looking for.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigators at 316-268-4181 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips can also be submitted at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com or via mobile phone by texting TIP217 then the message to CRIMES (274637).

Roseberry remained closed to through traffic late Wednesday afternoon. Police were using a 3-D image scanner as part of the investigation. Investigators were combing through a trash dumpster as part of their efforts to account for every shot fired, Lt. Walker Andrews said.

Police think eight to 10 shots were fired from multiple weapons, Andrews said, but there didn’t appear to be an exchange of gunfire.

The woman is the seventh homicide in the city so far in 2014, Ojile said.

A few residents watched from the concrete stoops of their homes as police worked behind yellow crime-scene tape, patrol cars blocking access to the street next to where the shooting occurred.

Cubbage and Reed leaned on a wire fence and talked about violence simply being a part of life in the neighborhood.

“I’ve lived here seven years – seven years too long,” Reed said. “If I could afford it, I would be out of here.”

Then again, he added, it might not matter where he lived.

“Every place is bad these days,” he said.

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

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