Crime & Courts

Third arrest in last week’s shooting at 13th and Broadway

A third person has been arrested in connection with a shooting in broad daylight in north Wichita last week, police said.

The 29-year-old man was arrested at a motel in Hays late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Lt. Randy Reynolds said. He had been implicated during questioning of a 31-year-old man who was arrested Tuesday morning following a brief police chase on North Topeka in Wichita.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the Wichita arrest, Reynolds said.

The men are suspects in what police termed a “rolling disturbance” near 13th and Broadway on the afternoon of May 16.

Witnesses on that day said someone in a white car fired at least three shots at an SUV after it pulled into the parking lot of the Family Dollar in the 300 block of East 13th Street. The SUV then sped away and crashed moments later at 11th and Waco, police said. Whoever was inside ran away.

The incident prompted six schools in the area to go into lockdown as a precaution.

After receiving the Crime Stoppers tip, police watched a house in the 1500 block of North Topeka on Tuesday morning to see if the “person of interest” was there, Reynolds said. When he left the house at about 9 a.m., police attempted to stop him but a brief car chase ensued.

The man then ran from the car into a house in the 1400 block of North Topeka, Reynolds said.

Before officers entered the home at about 9:40 a.m., a resident came out voluntarily, police have said. About 10 minutes later, the “person of interest” was led out, in handcuffs. Officers found him hiding in the attic.

Investigators then got a search warrant for the suspect’s house in the 1500 block of North Topeka, Reynolds said. Inside the house, they found “multiple firearms,” he said.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of a felon in possession of firearms. A 26-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice.

During questioning, Reynolds said, the suspect identified the 29-year-old Wichita man who was later found in the Hays motel.

While both men arrested are documented gang members, the shooting incident does not appear to be linked to gang activity, said Lt. Scott Heimerman, head of the department’s gang unit.

Depending on who’s doing the talking, he said, the dispute was over a girl or a dice game.

“Not sure we will ever know the truth,” Heimerman said in an e-mail response to questions.

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