Homicide on North Lorraine appears to have been self-defense, Wichita police say

Police investigate the scene of a homicide at 1600 block of North Lorraine Friday night. (July 24, 2015)
Police investigate the scene of a homicide at 1600 block of North Lorraine Friday night. (July 24, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Police officials on Monday said a fatal shooting last week appears to be a case of self-defense.

Officers were called to a house in the 1600 block of North Lorraine at about 9:30 p.m. to investigate the report of a shooting, Lt. Todd Ojile said. They arrived to find a man in the driveway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified as Bill Massey Jr., 42, was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:01 p.m.

Witnesses told police that Massey and his 17-year-old son had gone to a house on Lorraine with an 18-year-old woman and her 35-year-old mother. The younger woman had broken up earlier in the day with her boyfriend, who lived at that house, Ojile said.

They went to that house for the ex-girlfriend to retrieve property, Ojile said. Massey and his son went to the door, knocked and were allowed inside.

Once inside, Massey pulled out a gun and pointed it at the 18-year-old ex-boyfriend, witnesses told police. They came into the view of the ex-boyfriend’s roommate, who “retrieved a handgun near his location” and fired several shots at Massey, Ojile said.

Massey was struck more than once and crawled out of the house. He was helped to the car, where police found him upon arrival.

The shooter fled the scene but later called law enforcement and was found in the 1700 block of South Oliver, Ojile said. He was brought to City Hall for questioning but later released.

Investigators have talked to more than 20 people in connection with the shooting, Ojile said.

“We have several pieces of evidence to go over,” Ojile said.

It will be next week “at the earliest,” Ojile said, before the case is presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether charges will be filed in the case.

This is the 15th homicide of 2015 in Wichita, Ojile said.

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