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Old Town safe despite recent shootings, police say

Wichita police say that despite recent shootings, the Old Town area is safe.
Wichita police say that despite recent shootings, the Old Town area is safe. The Wichita Eagle

For the second consecutive weekend, Wichita police responded late Saturday night to a report of shots fired in downtown Wichita’s Old Town area.

The report came in at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday from the area of First and Mosley, Wichita police said.

Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said Sunday that he believes Old Town residents and visitors can rest assured that the area is safe, despite the incident and a similar one the previous weekend that left two people injured.

“I think Old Town is a safe area,” Livingston said. “There a lot of positive things happening in Old Town.”

Livingston said there were no reported injuries from the shooting Saturday night, although a Ford vehicle did sustain damage to its rear window. Police are looking for two men in relation to the disturbance, Livingston said.

Shell casings were found at the scene, and police are reviewing video footage from the area.

Livingston said the department will continue to look for ways to limit incidents like the one that happened Saturday, adding that he hopes additional cameras will be placed in Old Town, a move that has been discussed.

“I’m excited about the prospect of adding more cameras to that area,” Livingston said. “Businesses in Old Town have been very cooperative and great to work with. We’re going to look at the statistics, but I believe Old Town is safe.”

There is no indication, Livingston said, that Saturday’s incident originated at a business in Old Town.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath