Crime & Courts

Search continues for vehicle, suspects linked to gang-related shooting

Police are still looking for four suspects involved in a gang-related shooting Thursday night.

Two teenagers and two adults were hanging out in the front yard of a house in the 1200 block of North Lewellen, southwest of 13th and Waco, when a blue pickup pulled up at about 6:50 p.m., Lt. Doug Nolte said.

There was an “exchange of words” between the two groups that quickly escalated into an argument, Nolte said. The group in the yard thought they were going to be attacked, so they grabbed a baseball bat and sticks and began to approach the pickup.

Someone in the vehicle pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group, Nolte said. A 19-year-old man was struck once in the right thigh.

The pickup then left east on 11th Street and the victim was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment and admitted, Nolte said. His wound is not considered life-threatening at this point.

The suspects were in a blue Dodge quad cab pickup with a chrome brush guard and chrome step bars.

The shooting appears to be gang-related, Nolte said. Three of the four victims — including the man shot in the leg — are documented gang members, Nolte said.

The other victims of aggravated assault are 14- and 15-year-old boys and a 37-year-old man. All four, who are Hispanic, live at the house where the shooting occurred, Nolte said.

“The Wichita Police Department is concerned any time that gang involvement is suspected,” he said in an e-mail response to a question. “Gang officers will be very proactive after this incident. Protecting the community in light of this event is a priority for us.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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