Two arrested after gunfire in concert disturbance at Wichita’s Club Rodeo

03/29/2013 12:02 PM

08/08/2014 10:16 AM

Wichita police arrested two men early Friday after at least two shots were fired in a large disturbance after a rap concert at Club Rodeo, 10001 E. Kellogg, a police spokesman said.

No one was injured by gunfire heard outside the club, but two employees of the business were taken by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries to a hospital, police Lt. Doug Nolte said. He gave this account:

The trouble broke out around 1:45 a.m. after what was described as a sold-out concert, that drew several hundred to a thousand people, was over. Several people began to attack club bouncers with chairs or stools. Police, who had been monitoring outside, went to assist. Other fights began to break out as people remained around the front of the building.

Officers used loudspeakers to try to disperse the remaining crowd of younger people, out of concern for officers and patrons, Nolte said. The crowd didn’t heed an initial warning; in the second warning, police said they would use gas if the people didn’t leave, but the warning still had no effect. Police then set off a smoke canister just outside the building, and the crowd began to break up. The smoke has a slight odor and was used for psychological effect, Nolte said.

As people were moving to their cars, gunshots could be heard in the parking lot. A sheriff’s officer stopped a vehicle with two men in their 20s and a couple guns inside. Police arrested the men and took them to jail.

Police ended up arresting several people, including a fugitive wanted on federal warrants, and there could be more arrests, Nolte said.

In the ongoing investigation, detectives are trying to determine what led to the disturbance and whether it was gang-related, he said.

Nolte asked that anyone with information about the incident to call investigators at 316-268-4181.

The whole disturbance, culminating in the arrests, lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, he said.

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