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June 12, 2014

Tow-truck driver reports being shot near Central, Washington

A 48-year-old tow-truck driver was shot twice while towing a vehicle Wednesday night in downtown Wichita, police said.

A 48-year-old tow-truck driver was shot twice while towing a vehicle Wednesday night in downtown Wichita, police said.

The victim called 911 at about 7:45 p.m. to report that a man in a white Pontiac Bonneville had pulled up next to him while he was driving south on Washington near Murdock, Lt. Steve Kenney said.

The suspect fired three shots at the tow-truck driver, hitting him twice. One shot struck the victim on the right side of his lower back and another shot hit his right arm. The suspect then drove east on Central, Kenney said. The 2003 or 2004 Bonneville has a 60-day license tag, the victim told police.

The victim drove himself to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, towing a vehicle as he went.

“That’s the first time I’ve seen that,” Kenney said.

The victim is a repo man who works as an independent contractor, Kenney said. Evidence indicates the suspect fired at the passenger side of the tow truck. One bullet went through the truck door and another struck a window.

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