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Boy, 15, critical after being robbed, shot

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A 15-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded Saturday in an early morning robbery, Wichita police said.

Police were called at 1:48 a.m. to a shooting in the 2200 block of North Belmont, not far from 21st and Hillside, said police Sgt. Joe Kennedy.

One man was arrested , Kennedy said.

The 15-year-old and a 19-year-old companion were walking along 21st Street just before 2 a.m. when a car stopped near them and five or six men got out, Kennedy said.

One of the men asked the boy what he had in his backpack; one of the men then shot him, Kennedy said. The boy was taken to Wesley Medical Center, emergency dispatchers said.

Police later arrested an 18-year-old man and booked him into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, Kennedy said.

There were three other robberies overnight in Wichita, Kennedy said. No one was hurt in those crimes.

▪ Police were called to the NuWay Cafe in the 1400 block of West Douglas at 8:10 p.m. Friday. Three robbery victims told officers that two men came into the cafe, one armed with a black handgun. They took cash and left.

▪  An hour and a half later, at 9:35 p.m. Friday, two men came into a Dairy Queen in the 5300 block of East Central, Kennedy said. Four victims who talked with officers there said the men wore bandannas to hide their faces, and that both carried handguns.

▪  A robber with a handgun walked into the Circle K store in the 1300 block of North Oliver at 4 a.m. Saturday and took cash from a store employee, Kennedy said.

In those three robberies no arrests have yet been made, Kennedy said.

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl

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