November 13, 2013

Six years later, house near 14th and Holyoke scene of another shooting death

A man was found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the same house near 14th and Holyoke where a 2007 homicide victim was fatally shot, according to police documents.

A man was found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the same house near 14th and Holyoke where a 2007 homicide victim was fatally shot, according to police documents.

Wednesday’s victim was part of a shooting that also resulted in two other men being shot, including the possible suspect, authorities said.

Neighbors called 911 shortly before 1:30 p.m. to report shots fired. Police found one man shot in the leg and and lying in the street on the south end of the block near 13th Street, Capt. Rusty Leeds said.

Police traced a blood trail north up the street to a house where they found a man in his mid-20s dead inside, Leeds said.

About 10 minutes after the first 911 call, another person called the emergency number to report an apparent shooting victim in the 4900 block of East Harry.

Police determined that the third man either drove or was dropped off near Harry and Oliver, where police found him with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Leeds said.

“It’s possible that person may be involved in the shooting,” he added.

Scanner traffic identified the man as a suspect.

Later police centered their investigation of the area on a white SUV parked in front of Chalet Apartments, off Osie and Battin.

The two injured men were taken to Wesley Medical Center. Their conditions and ages were not known.

At the shooting scene, homicide detectives gathered in front of 1452 N. Holyoke, one of two houses cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape.

It was the same house where Mario Lewis, 22, was shot during a party on Nov. 16, 2007. He ran across the street and collapsed on the sidewalk west of what was then known as Victory Temple Church of God in Christ, 1457 N. Holyoke. He died later at the hospital. Witnesses told police a man chased Lewis from the house and shot him.

The church is now named Giving God Praise Worship Center. Part of its parking lot was cordoned off Wednesday with crime-scene tape.

The owners of the house live at another residence in Wichita, according to Sedgwick County records.

LaShonda Hill lives a block north of where the shooting occurred, and she couldn’t resist coming down to see what had happened. She didn’t hear any gunfire, she said, but she heard sirens going by.

When she saw all the police cars, she became worried. Her elderly aunt and uncle live on the block where the shooting occurred, she said, and she was concerned for their welfare.

“That is crazy,” Hill said of the shooting.

It’s common for fights to break out in that neighborhood near the old Unitarian Church at 14th and Fountain, Hill and her sister said. It’s not even unusual to hear gunfire.

“But for someone to actually be shot…,” said Hill’s sister, who didn’t want to give her name.

They’ve lived in the neighborhood long enough to know everyone who lives there, they said – except for the house where the shooting occurred. The previous tenants had only recently moved out, they said, and they didn’t know who was there now.

Even with the fights and occasional gunfire, the sisters said they felt perfectly safe letting their children go outside to play with the numerous other kids in the neighborhood.

“But not anymore,” Hill said. “I’m going to keep them close.”

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle.

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