One of six children inside an SUV was shot in the stomach during a road rage incident on Wichita streets, police said.
Officers were called to the area of 10th and Topeka after a 911 caller reported a boy had been shot and they were behind a downtown McDonald’s, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. A 4-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition with an abdominal wound, according to emergency traffic.
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A dispatch supervisor said the shooting was reported at around 4:55 p.m. in the area of 10th and Topeka. A 911 caller reported they found the boy behind the McDonald’s, the dispatch supervisor said.
The boy was one of six children under the age of 10 inside a blue Chevy Tahoe when two gunshots were fired, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said.
Investigators determined that the SUV and a silver Ford Mustang were driving on Broadway at 13th Street when “there was some type of cutting-off that turned this into a road rage incident,” Ramsay said. Police do not know which vehicle cut off the other.
Two gunshots were fired at 12th and Topeka, about a block south and a block east of where the road rage incident occurred, Ramsay said.
First responders found the SUV about two blocks south of there, at 10th and Topeka, behind a McDonald’s and in a parking lot on the northwest side of the Via Christi Hospital St. Francis campus.
A 4-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach is in stable but critical condition, Ramsay said. The child was in a rear, passenger-side seat.
The Ford Mustang and the suspected shooter fled the scene, but officers pulled the car over at an undisclosed location, Ramsay said. Police are interviewing the people who were in the car.
Police think the adults and children in the vehicle are related, Ramsay said. No information was provided on the suspected shooter.
Ramsay said Wichita police work an average of three road rage incidents involving a gun every week.