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Man, 24, injured in shooting near Pawnee and Rock

A 24-year-old Wichita man remains in stable condition after he was shot in the head late Tuesday night.

Wichita police are investigating the shooting that injured the man in southeast Wichita.

Police were called to the 2100 block of South White Oak at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Sedgwick County 911 dispatcher. That is near Pawnee and Rock Road.

Emergency Medical Service crews transported the man in serious but stable condition to the hospital, the dispatcher said.

The man had been shot once in the head during a drive-by shooting, Lt. James Espinoza, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department, said Wednesday. The bullet caused a skull fracture but did not penetrate the victim’s head, he said.

“What is known is that earlier that day several late-teen and early 20s males were at Towne East where they got into an altercation over a girl,” Espinoza said. “This led these teens to travel over to the 2100 block of South White Oak at which point six to seven males began to get into a fight.”

As the fight progressed, one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at several people, Espinoza said. But no police were called to the scene.

Several of the suspects left the area only to return later, looking for a cellphone which had been lost during the fight, Espinoza said.

“They could not find the phone, got into a vehicle and as they were driving away from the residence, one shot was fired striking the 24-year-old victim in the head,” he said.

Some of the suspects police are looking for are documented gang members, Espinoza said.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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