Wichita police: Bicyclist shoots motorist during dispute

08/13/2014 8:22 PM

08/14/2014 2:19 PM

A verbal argument between a motorist and a bicyclist ended in gunfire in the parking lot of a south Wichita hamburger joint on Wednesday night.

Police Sgt. Steve Yarberry said it wasn’t immediately clear what tipped off the dispute, but that a Chevy Silverado truck and a bicyclist both were traveling south on Seneca in the moments before a 39-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his face. Yarberry said the man had pulled the truck into the parking lot of Calvin’s Hamburger Haven, 1929 S. Seneca, and stepped out of it to confront the bicyclist shortly before 8 p.m.

That’s when the bicyclist brandished the handgun and fired, he said.

The bicyclist, a man in his 30s, fled south on Seneca to Pawnee, where he was subdued minutes later by police using a stun gun. Yarberry said he was taken into custody and was being questioned Wednesday evening at police headquarters, which is housed in City Hall in downtown Wichita.

The 39-year-old was taken by ambulance to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for treatment. He was in serious condition Wednesday evening, Yarberry said, but was being interviewed by police. The man’s wife and young daughter were in the Silverado and witnessed the shooting, Yarberry said; they also were being questioned, as were people in nearby businesses who heard the gunfire.

Police said they don’t know whether the bicyclist and 39-year-old man knew each other. More information is expected Thursday during the police department’s daily news briefing with reporters.

Calvin’s Hamburger Haven is located on the north end of a strip mall, next to a bowling alley. Wednesday evening, in the hour after the shooting, police had cordoned off the parking lot. A dark-colored Chevy truck sat in center of a circle of yellow crime scene tape; its passenger door was open.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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