Police: Man, 49, caught in crossfire after argument over money

Police say an argument over money prompted a shooting that left a 49-year-old man in critical condition Friday evening.

Wichita police Sgt. Bruce Watts said the wounded man was caught in the crossfire after two other men, ages 26 and 29, started firing at each other. The dispute, which began before 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Poplar, originally involved two women who are neighbors, but several other people arrived shortly thereafter. That’s when the argument escalated, Watts said.

A carload of people that fled the scene after the shooting were later stopped by police at 14th and Grove and interviewed, Watts said. Officers took several people into custody for questioning, but Watts said Saturday afternoon that no arrests had been made.

The 49-year-old man was taken to Wesley Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his neck. Wichita police Sgt. Don Story described his condition as “stable” about two hours after Friday’s shooting. An update on his condition was not immediately available Saturday.

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