Crime & Courts

Police say they have no cellphone videos of Old Town shooting

No one has come forward with video taken at the scene of a deadly shooting in Wichita’s Old Town district last weekend, police said Tuesday.

Someone fired several shots into a crowd of hundreds of people just before 2 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot in the 100 block of North Mead, killing 25-year-old Kolby Hopkins and wounding six others, police have said.

Five of the six people wounded in the incident have been released from the hospital, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

“We are still asking anyone that has evidence to come forward with that video,” Nolte said.

Police officials do have some surveillance video to review, which has shown them that many people were using cellphones to shoot video of activity in the crowd in the minutes leading up to the shooting.

“We know they’re probably concerned about being involved,” Nolte said. “We ask that they put aside their fears and do the right thing and come forward.

“Someone has lost their life in this,” he added. “We need help. This is not something we can do on our own.”

Nolte conceded police investigators find it “frustrating” that no one has come forward with video.

“We’ve been scanning social media channels and have not been able to find anything at this point,” he said.

Aaron “A.J.” Bohannon said he has been good friends with Hopkins since they were 8. They went to Old Town early Sunday morning to mingle with friends, he said Tuesday.

Bohannon said a buzz rippled through the crowd when an argument between two groups became heated.

“It went around the corner, and the next thing you know, everybody’s dodging bullets,” Bohannon said. “Everything happened so fast, it was out of control.”

He said he found cover behind a trash can, but Hopkins wasn’t as fortunate. He was hit in the head with a bullet and died later at a local hospital.

Some of the shooting victims are documented gang members, police have said, but they said Hopkins was not.

“Kolby was so far from a gang member it was ridiculous,” Bohannon said. “He just happened to be an innocent bystander who caught a stray bullet.”

Bohannon organized a vigil through his grassroots group IGYB — I Got Yo Back — for Hopkins in Old Town on Monday night. About 200 people attended, he said.

“It gives you a new perspective on the whole downtown thing,” Bohannon said.

That parking lot has become a popular gathering spot for people leaving Pandora, a nearby club, and those coming to Old Town as the night spots close, he said.

Police investigators would like anyone with video of Old Town activity Sunday to call 911, Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or the homicide unit at 316-268-4181.

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