Police: Deadly Holyoke shootout occurred during robbery

11/14/2013 12:01 PM

08/08/2014 10:19 AM

Wichita’s latest homicide was the result of a shootout during a robbery that left one person dead and two others wounded and hospitalized – one in intensive care, police said Thursday.

The attempted robbery occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1452 N. Holyoke, near 13th and Hillside, homicide Lt. Todd Ojile said.

Four men were let into the house, where they attempted to rob Paul Danny Khmabounheuang of either cash or drugs or both, Ojile said. There was an exchange of gunfire and two of the four visitors were hit.

Khmabounheuang was hit once and killed, Ojile said. Officers found him lying in the living room when they responded to 911 calls of shots fired and found a 20-year-old man lying in the street south of 13th and Holyoke.

The man found in the street by officers said he was walking by when he was hit by a bullet, Ojile said. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment, where he is under armed guard.

Officers followed his blood trail to a house on the north end of the 1400 block of North Holyoke, where they noticed the front door was open.

Inside, they found Khmabounheuang. A police report states he was shot in the head. About 10 minutes after the initial shooting was reported, a second shooting was reported at 4917 E. Harry, Ojile said.

Officers found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. A vehicle found at that address matched the description of the vehicle used by the suspects in the attempted robbery on Holyoke, Ojile said.

The man found on East Harry was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he immediately went into surgery and remains in intensive care, Ojile said. He is also under armed guard.

“We have not been able to talk to either one of them yet,” Ojile said of the wounded suspects.

Investigators hoped to question them later Thursday or on Friday.

Two suspects who were not wounded in the attempted robbery remain unaccounted for, Ojile said. One ran west out of the house on Holyoke and the other east.

“We don’t know at this point if they knew him,” Ojile said of Khmabounheuang. “The best we can tell, he has just been in town a few days.”

Khmabouheuang lived in Arkansas, but came to Wichita to visit an uncle. A 25-year-old woman he met just a few days ago was also at the house at the time of the robbery, Ojile said, but she was in a back room and was unharmed when the robbery attempt occurred.

Investigators still aren’t sure how many shots were fired or how many people fired shots, Ojile said. The house is still being processed for evidence.

The white 2002 Ford Explorer driven by the 19-year-old man to the Chalet Apartments in East Harry was not stolen, Ojile said. The man had permission from the SUV’s owner to use the vehicle.

This is the 15th homicide of the year in Wichita, and the second to occur at that house in six years. The 2007 shooting of Mario Lewis at a house party remains unsolved, police officials said.

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