There were a number of customers inside BD Convenience Store when a man walked in, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money Sunday night.
One of those patrons, Jeffrey M. Jones, began talking to the gunman, police say. Jones, 29, was shot in the head inside the convenience store at 1601 S. Hydraulic and died later at a local hospital.
“There was no physical altercation” between Jones and the gunman, Lt. Scott Heimerman said. “The two individuals were conversing back and forth prior to (Jones) being shot.
“I believe he’s an acquaintance of the clerk and that may have had something to do with him interjecting himself in that situation.”
The robber, identified in arrest records as 19-year-old Jackson Bryant, was apprehended a few blocks away after firing several shots in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of South Greenwood, a block over from Hydraulic, Heimerman said.
Several residents called 911 to report the gunfire on Greenwood, Heimerman said, including “one very good resident who ... stayed on the phone and directed officers into the area” of the suspect’s location. He was arrested nearby on Skinner.
At least two parked vehicles were hit by bullets on Greenwood, Heimerman said.
“It’s believed at this point there may have been an occupied vehicle traveling on Greenwood that our suspect may have shot at,” Heimerman said. “Due to the distance, they may not even know they were being shot at.”
The robbery of BD Convenience Store was reported at about 7:20 p.m. Anyone who was driving in the 1700 or 1800 blocks of South Greenwood in the minutes after that should check their vehicles for damage, Heimerman said.
We’d sure like to talk to them” if they were in the area of the gunfire, he said.
Jones is the 16th homicide victim of the year in Wichita, Heimerman said.