Police: Neighbors’ dispute erupts into gunfire on North Poplar; man in critical condition

Police say a dispute between neighbors turned violent when at least one person fired shots Friday outside homes in the 1200 block of North Poplar, leaving a man in his 40s in critical condition.

Wichita police Sgt. Don Story said it remained unclear Friday evening who the shooter was and what the argument involved. Several witnesses were taken into custody for questioning, he said, including three adults who fled the scene in a car that was later stopped near 14th and Grove.

“We’re still trying to sort out everyone’s roles,” Story said, adding that the search for a suspect or suspects was continuing into the evening.

“Several parties are being interviewed.”

The wounded man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said shortly after the shooting was reported around 6:50 p.m. Story described the man’s condition as “stable” about two hours later. Emergency scanner traffic indicated that the man suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso or neck.

At the scene, police cars blocked the street in front of a small white home with red trim, a few houses north of the corner of 11th and Poplar. Seven small evidence markers were scattered across the pavement; one sat on a sidewalk. Story said officers had recovered “a collection of shell casings,” possibly from a handgun, nearby.

A small crowd gathered inside the fenced-in yard while an officer shone a flashlight on the house. Others used lights to search the yards. Police escorted some of those people to patrol cars. None were handcuffed.

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