Crime & Courts

YouTube video purportedly shows events surrounding fatal Old Town shooting

A video purporting to show events surrounding last weekend’s fatal shooting in Old Town has surfaced on social media.

Kolby Hopkins, 25, was among seven people shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 22 near Douglas and Mead in Old Town. Hopkins suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his head and died later at a local hospital.

The six others who were wounded were expected to recover. As of Friday, the shooter had not been identified.

The footage – approximately six minutes that’s part of a longer video published Friday on YouTube by user DUA UA – shows a crowd of people outside on the street as a man in a white tank top and jeans poises for a fistfight. He shouts “Come on! Come on!” toward a group.

Moments later, about a dozen successive gunshots break out. The video stalls shortly. Then the cameraman walks toward victims, asking “Who is that?”

At one point, he hovers over a shooting victim and asks: “Where’s he hit at? Where’s he hit at?”

“The head. The head,” someone says.

“On the leg,” another person replies.

Later in the video, Wichita police officers and bystanders can be seen gathered in groups, possibly around victims. A slide included with the video indicates that the footage was received from an anonymous source.

Asked whether authorities knew of Friday’s posting on YouTube, Wichita police Sgt. Bob Gulliver, a supervisor at Patrol South, said: “Investigators are aware of it, and they are following up.”

He was unable to provide further details on the progress of the homicide investigation early Saturday evening. Others in the police department could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police last week continued to ask witnesses to turn over cellphone video and photos to help identify the suspect in Hopkins’ death.

By midweek, few to no people had come forward.

Police Chief Norman Williams last week likened the investigation to “putting together a jigsaw puzzle” and asked for the public’s help.

“We’re going to need the citizens’ help in solving this case,” he said at a briefing with news media.

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