Teen shot after being confronted by gang member in north Wichita, police say

WICHITA — A 15-year-old boy was shot early this morning in north Wichita, police said.

Lt. Doug Nolte said the victim was walking with three other teenagers near the QuikTrip at 21st and North Arkansas. Two men driving a red Honda yelled something gang-related at the teenagers and flashed a gun at them, police said.

The teenagers became nervous, Nolte said, and ran to the Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas.

The suspects pursued the teens into the parking lot, crashed the Honda into a curb, and then chased them on foot.

A 21-year-old man fired shots, striking the 15-year-old in the lower left hip, Nolte said.

The suspects fled the scene on foot.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m., Nolte said.

The shooting victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. He is from Oklahoma, Nolte said.

The three other Wichita teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 16 were not hurt.

Police found the man suspected of firing the shots in the 2500 block of North Arkansas, hiding in a residential neighborhood. The second suspect hasn't been found.

The man taken into custody is a documented gang member, Nolte said.

He was booked into jail under suspicion of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm and driving under the influence.

Police are considering the shooting gang-related, Nolte said, though none of the victims are documented gang members.

Police think the suspects were trying to intimidate the teenagers, but don't know if the victims know the suspects, Nolte said.