Police arrest 3 in Sunday shooting

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 20-year-old man in southeast Wichita early Sunday morning, police said.

The victim was shot several times following a brief argument at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of South Prairie Park, Lt. Scott Heimerman said. That’s southeast of Lincoln and Edgemoor.

The three suspects showed up at a house where a group of people were hanging out, Heimerman said, and the shooting occurred outside the house. A police report states the victim was hit by five shots.

He was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he immediately underwent surgery, Heimerman said. He is expected to survive his wounds.

“We haven’t had an opportunity to talk to him,” Heimerman said.

Investigators used interviews to identify suspects, and they were arrested several hours after the shooting. Two of the three suspects are documented gang members, Heimerman said.

The three are 17, 18 and 22.

It’s not yet clear what the argument that led up to the shooting involved, Heimerman said.

“I don’t have any other prior cases involving this specific group of individuals,” he said. “I can’t say whether this was part of an ongoing feud.

“It could be that these folks just had a bad night.”

Investigators will present evidence in the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office later this week, he said.

“This summer’s been fairly active” for gang violence, Heimerman said. But comparing statistics from the past six years, he said, the number of gang violence incidents in 2013 “is not an increase.” It’s actually well within recent norms, he said.

“We don’t like any of it,” Heimerman said of gang violence, “but unfortunately it does occur.”

If there’s good news in any of the recent incidents, he said, is that cooperation from the public has proven pivotal in solving cases.

“We’ve made some pretty good arrests in some of these cases, which is good to see,” Heimerman said.

Related stories from Wichita Eagle