Woman arrested; shots fired at house with 3-year-old inside

04/17/2014 12:05 PM

08/08/2014 10:23 AM

A woman has been arrested in a case that involves shots being fired at a house where five people were inside.

The 23-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday evening on East 21st Street, not far from where trouble started earlier this week, Wichita police Lt. Dan East said Thursday.

The chain of events began with a disturbance on Tuesday between two women at a convenience store at 21st and Grove. It’s unknown whether the disturbance was physical or verbal, East said.

Later Tuesday, about 4 p.m., two women and two men went to a house in the 1700 block of North Belmont looking for one of the women involved in the earlier incident, East said. The 23-year-old was one of the two women.

An 18-year-old woman who wasn’t the one the group was seeking told police the four people who entered were armed with a long gun. They made a threat and then left in different vehicles, according to police.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, two men went to the same house on Belmont and fired multiple shots where five people were inside, including a 3-year-old boy.

Two women, 45 and 18, and two men, 22 and 18, were also in the house. No one was injured, although the house and a 2005 Dodge vehicle were damaged by the gunfire.

The shooting, however, wasn’t reported to police until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Not reporting it until the next day puts us behind the eight-ball a little,” said Lt. Jeff Gilmore, who head up the felony assault section. “But we’re working hard and getting up to speed.”

The 23-year-old woman was arrested on allegations of burglary for entering the house uninvited and aggravated assault. Police are searching for a man and woman that they have identified, Gilmore said.

Details of what led to the string of events haven’t been determined.

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