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August 21, 2013

Suspect identified in gang-related shooting on North Ash

Police said Wednesday they are looking for a suspect linked to a gang-related shooting in Wichita on Tuesday night.

Police said Wednesday they are looking for a suspect linked to a gang-related shooting in Wichita on Tuesday night.

An 18-year-old man was hit by two shots fired into a house in the 2600 block of North Ash at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police have said. That is near 26th and Piatt.

The man was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment, but he was no longer listed as a patient on Wednesday morning. A police report stated the victim was hit in the right elbow and right thigh – wounds a police official said were not life-threatening.

The shooting appears to be the latest chapter in an ongoing dispute between rival gangs, said Lt. Scott Heimerman, head of the police gang unit.

“There was a fight Monday night” involving a small number of rival gang members at Grove Park, he said. “Obviously, it escalated quite a bit Tuesday night.

“We have a suspect identified, and we are actively seeking them.”

Police said the suspect is 16 years old.

Four other people were inside the house on Ash at the time of the shooting, according to a police document, but no one else was injured. It appears the shooter was targeting the man who was hit, Heimerman said.

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