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Man dies after being shot during argument in south Wichita

Man critically injured in shooting

An argument in a parking lot culminated in a shooting that left one man in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Video by Stan Finger
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An argument in a parking lot culminated in a shooting that left one man in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Video by Stan Finger

An argument in a south Wichita parking lot culminated in a deadly shooting late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The shooting occurred at 4:47 p.m. in the parking lot of a strip mall at 2025 S. Seneca, Lt. Nikki Woodrow said in a statement released late Wednesday night.

Witnesses told police that an argument broke out between two men and escalated until one fired two shots at the other, Woodrow said.

The victim was shot in the chest and the right leg, Lt. Dennis Wilson had said earlier Wednesday. The man was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, where Woodrow said he was pronounced dead.

The suspect is a Hispanic man wearing all blue who left the parking lot in a white Range Rover with California tags. That vehicle was later recovered at Maxwell and Walnut.

No suspect is in custody, Woodrow said.

Witnesses are being interviewed by investigators, she said. An update on the case will be provided Thursday morning at the media briefing in City Hall.

In the early hours of the investigation, Capt. Jeff Weible said it was too soon to know whether the shooting was gang-related.

Authorities are investigating a shooting reported in the 2000 block of South Seneca. The victim, a man, was taken by ambulance to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis with a gunshot wound to the chest at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to emerge

Yellow crime scene tape enclosed a small rectangle of the strip mall’s parking lot, stretching from just north of the entrance to Oliver’s Sports to just south of the door to Breakthrough Community Church.

Tin Pham, who owns a nail and tanning salon north of the church, said he heard two gunshots and ran outside to see what was going on. He did not see the two men involved in the altercation, he said, but he did see the owner of Oliver’s waving him to go back inside his store.

“I hear ambulances go by here all the time,” Pham said, “but not gunshots.”

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle

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