Crime & Courts

Man killed in north Wichita shooting; 16th homicide of the year

A 37-year-old man is dead after a Sunday night shooting in north Wichita.

Just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to a shooting in the 2400 block of North Prince, near 23rd North and Grove. When officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old man with gunshot wounds in the backyard of a house on the west side of the street, Lt. Todd Ojile said.

Through an investigation, detectives learned that the man was with one other person while in a driveway — either sitting in a vehicle or standing next to it —when a white SUV pulled up.

Ojile said that officers think that when the SUV showed up, the 37-year-old man opened fire on the vehicle and struck it many times. That's when the driver of the SUV, a 38-year-old man, returned fire.

The 37-year-old then ran from the driveway, ending up across the street in a backyard where he died. This was the 16th homicide of the year.

It was not a gang-related or random shooting, Ojile said. The two men "have a history that goes back several years," he said.

Just prior to the shooting, there was a disturbance at a convenience store near 21st and Erie. The 37-year-old man had pulled a gun on the other man.

"Everyone left that store with no further violence, no further problems," Ojile said. "Then a few minutes later, they all ended up in the 2400 block of Prince" and the shooting occurred.

The driver of the SUV was found early Monday morning and booked into jail on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was not hurt during the shooting.