Man dies after being shot; car crashes, rolls over near Harry

10/29/2013 12:04 PM

10/29/2013 12:05 PM

A man struck by a bullet crashed his car in southeast Wichita early Tuesday morning and died later at a local hospital, police officials said.

Someone called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday from the 5100 block of East Harry saying they heard multiple gunshots, Lt. Todd Ojile said. That’s just east of Oliver.

A minute later someone else called 911 to report a rollover crash a few blocks from the initial report of gunshots, Ojile said. The car came to rest upside down.

As the EMS crew was transporting the 47-year-old Wichita man to the hospital, they discovered he had been shot once in the torso, Ojile said. The man, identified in police records as Damon Williams, was pronounced dead at Wesley Medical Center.

Investigators are hoping to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything related to the shooting, Ojile said.

“We don’t know where it happened, we don’t know how it happened, where he was driving to,” he said.

Police think the shooting likely occurred in the 4800 block of East Harry. At least one bullet hole was found in the man’s green 1998 Ford Escort. There could be more, Ojile said.

An autopsy is being performed to determine whether the man died from the gunshot wound or from the crash.

“I can’t say what killed him right now,” Ojile said. “I know there was a great deal of blood inside the vehicle.”

Investigators don’t know yet whether the victim was shot inside the car. They have not even been able to find shell casings that could offer clues as to where the shooting took place.

“It was pouring down rain the whole time” after the accident, Ojile said. That has hindered the gathering of evidence.

This is the 13th homicide of the year in Wichita. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call 911, the homicide unit at 316-268-4181 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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