Crime & Courts

Gang member convicted in parking lot shootout that killed innocent bystander

Jeremy D. Levy
Jeremy D. Levy Courtesy photo

Jurors earlier this week convicted a 19-year-old Wichita man of first-degree felony murder in a parking lot shootout between feuding gang members that killed an innocent bystander last year.

Police have said Erick Vazquez, 25, was not the intended target of the gunfire that broke out between Jeremy Levy and Keandre Summers on June 17, 2017, at the strip mall at 3934 E. 13th St., near Oliver. The men had been arguing and shot at each other when Levy left a nearby barbershop after getting a haircut.

Vazquez was sitting in his truck at the strip mall, waiting on a friend buying cigarettes. Bullets hit his head and chest. He died at the scene.

Jurors deliberated for an hour Monday before finding Levy guilty as charged of murder, Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office spokesman Dan Dillon said by e-mail. He is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 16 by Sedgwick County District Court Judge Jeff Goering. His trial lasted a week.

Summers, 23, has a jury trial set for Aug. 20, court records show. He's also charged with first-degree felony murder.

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Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker