Wichita police Friday afternoon arrested four people in the Monday shooting death of a 21-year-old man at an east Wichita apartment complex.
Despite early reports that the shooting stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs, Lt. Ken Landwehr said gang affiliations played no role in the killing of Thomas Bolden.
He identified the suspects as two 19-year-old women, and two men, 19 and 22.
On the morning of the shooting, Landwehr said, Bolden and the two women got into a dispute at the apartment complex. He would not discuss the nature of the dispute.
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The women left the apartment, Landwehr said, but returned at 11:30 a.m. with two other men.
"The two males entered the residence and confronted the victim," he said.
Police said Bolden was shot several times at about 11:40 a.m., then broke through a first-floor window and ran several hundred feet before collapsing. He died less than an hour later.
Landwehr said early rumors suggested that Bolden was shot during a robbery involving rival gangs. The victim and both male suspects were gang members, Landwehr said, but it turned out that their gang affiliations played no role in the shooting.
"This is not a rival gang shooting, nor was it a robbery," he said,
Landwehr said those false early rumors prompted a drive-by shooting that occurred three hours after Bolden was shot in the 1600 block of North Hydraulic.
Deputy police Chief Tom Stolz said police want to get the word out that gang rivalries played no role in Bolden's death.
"We want to stress that this was not rival gangs," he said.