Two men arrested following shooting, manhunt north of Wichita

12/12/2013 2:41 PM

12/12/2013 2:41 PM

Two men have been arrested and authorities are looking for a possible third suspect after someone fired at a house near Valley Center early Thursday afternoon.

A woman called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. to report someone shooting at her house in the 5500 block of West 69th Street North, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said. One shot went through a window, but no one was injured.

The victim told officers that she saw two suspects get out of a vehicle with what looked to be a rifle, then aim at and fire at the residence, Easter said.

A Valley Center police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle near Meridian and 53rd Street North, Easter said. A chase ensued, with the suspects bailing from the car in the 3200 block of North Eisenhower.

That’s a sand-covered stretch of road northwest of 29th and Hoover Road. The residential neighborhoods in the area are isolated, with large lots.

One suspect was arrested near the car and a second 10 to 20 minutes later, Easter said. There may be a third suspect on the loose, he said, and officers were still searching at mid-afternoon.

A rifle or pellet gun was found in the car abandoned by the suspects, Easter said.

Along with Wichita police and the sheriff’s office, law enforcement officers from Colwich, Park City, Maize, Valley Center and the Kansas Highway Patrol joined in the search, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Mattingly said. A number of law enforcement vehicles were parked along Eisenhower as officers joined in the search. Other officers set up what appeared to be a perimeter, along Hoover and 37th and 29th streets.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School on Ridge Road north of 29th Street was placed in lock down as a precaution, authorities said, but the lock down was lifted shortly before 2:30 p.m.

The two arrested suspects have been taken to the Sedgwick County Courthouse for questioning. Authorities have dealt with the suspects before, Easter said.

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