The neighborhood near 18th North and Market was in lockdown on Monday as Wichita police combed the area looking for suspects in a shooting that left one person dead and another in critical condition.
At 3:54 p.m. Monday, a 911 call came in to reporting there was a shooting at 18th and Market, according to Sgt. Ed Brower of the Wichita Police Department.
Two vehicles had pulled up to the intersection, Brower said, when passengers in one vehicle opened fire on the other.
The driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the scene, Brower said. His passenger was struck several times and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
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Brower said that although Wichita police are canvassing the neighborhood and talking with witnesses, he was encouraging people with any information on the shootings to call 911 or Crime Stoppers, at 316-267-2111.
Police were searching for a red 2000-model Chevy Avalanche in connection with the shooting, according to emergency scanner traffic; it was last seen driving east from 20th Street and Market.
The shooting happened as parents were picking up children at local schools. Nearby Irving Elementary School, at 1642 N. Market, was on lockdown after the shooting, but that had been lifted by 4:40 p.m., Wichita public schools spokeswoman Susan Arensman said by e-mail. That’s the time classes are released for the day, she said.