No receipt for shoes? No problem for gun-carrying Wichita mom

WICHITA — She brought a pair of shoes to the store, wanting to exchange them for a different pair. But she didn't have a receipt, so the store clerk said no.

That wasn't what the woman wanted to hear, police say, so she left NR Fashion at 3940 E. 13th St. at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and returned minutes later — with a gun.

She took the Nike Air Force 1s with her and drove off in a Buick LeSabre. The clerk gave police a description of the car and officers patrolling the area later recognized the car at a house in the 1400 block of North Fountain.

Officers questioned the woman and found the Nikes. She was taken downtown for further questioning and arrested — on her 36th birthday. Her 15-year-old son, who was with her for both visits to the store, was not arrested.

"We don't believe he knew what was going to happen," Lt. Doug Nolte said.