About 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, officers responded to a shooting at 18th and Market. They found Bernie Ornelas sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, along with a passenger. Both had received gunshot wounds while the vehicle was stopped at a stop sign. Ornelas was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said an orange-colored Chevrolet Avalanche pulled up beside the vehicle, and shots were fired. The Avalanche was discovered later.
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Crime Stoppers case number: 1727
Department case number: 17C001904
Lead detective: Detective Schomaker, Wichita Police Department