Crime & Courts

August 22, 2014

Man wounded in Aug. 7 gambling shooting dies

A man gravely wounded in a gunfight that broke out over a gambling dispute in a north Wichita apartment earlier this month has died, police said Friday.

A man gravely wounded in a gunfight that broke out over a gambling dispute in a north Wichita apartment earlier this month has died, police said Friday.

Marcus Collins, 29, died at 5:19 a.m. Thursday at Wesley Medical Center, according to a police document.

Collins was one of three men who became upset over money they lost while gambling early on the morning of Aug. 7 in a second-floor apartment at Calvary Towers, an apartment building in the 2600 block of North Grove, police have said.

They returned a short time later, at about 4 a.m., and forced their way inside the apartment as someone else was leaving. They demanded their money back from the two men hosting the gambling, according to a police report, then fired shots at the two hosts.

The hosts returned fire and Collins was hit in the abdomen and torso. One of the hosts was hit in the left eye and abdomen, according to a police document. Four people were injured in the shootout.

Detectives will present evidence from the incident to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Lt. James Espinoza said. It’s possible the DA’s office will determine the fatal shooting is a case of self-defense, he said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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