A shooting early Saturday morning killed a 17-year-old attending a family event at a South Hillside venue that is rented for parties, officials said.
Earlier Saturday, the 17-year-old male victim had been incorrectly described as a 29-year-old man.
The shooting occurred in the 1700 block of South Hillside, near Harry. There were multiple reports of gunshots around 2:45 a.m., a 911 dispatch supervisor said.
Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza gave this account on Saturday afternoon: The 911 system received a call of a medical emergency near Harry and Hillside. When police arrived, they learned that shots had been fired and that there was a 17-year-old who died. The teen was at a family event.
The investigation continues, and police are trying to identify a suspect, Espinoza said.
Investigators remained at the scene mid-day Saturday. An officer guarded a door leading down steps to what appears from a sign to be Parrot’s Party Place, beside the Parrot-fa-Nalia Unique Boutique. Signs advertise the spot as a place to rent for private parties.
The parking lot around the businesses remained encircled by crime scene tape later Saturday. A homicide detective paused in the parking lot, holding a flashlight and notebook.
A neighbor across the street from the party place said he heard the early-morning gunfire but didn’t look out because he has become accustomed to hearing gunshots at the location. In the past, he said, he has heard shots and seen party-goers scatter before police arrived.
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