Police: Clash by graffiti bridge likely gang-related

05/17/2013 1:19 PM

05/17/2013 1:21 PM

Three young adults escaped injury after being threatened by a group of suspected gang members in northeast Wichita on Thursday night, police said.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, and an 18-year-old woman were walking near I-135 and Minnesota at about 8:30 p.m. when they stopped to look at graffiti that had been painted on a bridge, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Some graffiti had been crossed out and fresh graffiti painted by a rival gang, he said.

“While they were observing that, several individuals approached and began to flash gang signs,” Nolte said.

One member of the larger group lifted up a shirt, exposing a gun tucked into a waistband, he said. Another picked up a large rock and made a throwing motion without releasing the rock. One person told the trio they were going to be shot, Nolte said.

The three victims took off running, he said. When they reached the 200 block of North Madison, they called 911.

There were at least six people in the group that challenged the victims, Nolte said.

“We believe this is gang-related,” he said.

Police think one of the victims is also a gang member.

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