Crime & Courts

Man fired shots and she clung to the door, but stolen truck got away, Wichita cops say

Update, 6:45 p.m.:

A man and woman watched someone drive away from a west Wichita laundromat in their truck after he fired shots and she clung to the door, police say.

Emergency crews were called to a reported shooting at around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca and McCormick, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. That’s about two blocks west of Wichita West High School, which did not have classes on Wednesday

Police found a 31-year-old woman with a minor injury to her leg not caused by a gunshot at the Lost Sock Laundromat, Officer Charley Davidson said in a release.

Investigators determined that the woman and a 30-year-old man had gone to the laundromat after they found out their pickup may be there, Davidson said. Their 2009 red Chevy Silverado was reported stolen Wednesday morning.

When they got to the laundromat, they found their pickup. There was someone sitting in the driver’s seat, Davidson said.

A “verbal disturbance” occurred between the person in the vehicle and the man and woman. Then the man fired multiple shots from a gun, and the woman held onto the driver’s side door as the person inside drove away, police said.

As she clung to the fleeing pickup, her leg struck a street sign, causing her injury, Davidson said. At the scene, crime scene investigators had placed at least seven evidence markers around a speed limit sign near a parking lot entrance.

There were no reported injuries from the gunfire.

A walk-in shooting victim at an area hospital at around the same time was determined to be unrelated, Davidson said. That case is reportedly an accidental shooting.

The stolen pickup and its driver have not been found.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Original story:

A shooting was reported to police around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the area of McCormick and Seneca, a Sedgwick County Dispatch supervisor said. That’s about two blocks west of Wichita West High School, which did not have classes on Wednesday.

Emergency radio traffic said a person walked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound shortly after the call came in. The person’s condition is unknown at 1:15 p.m., a hospital supervisor said.

Wichita Public Schools were not in session on Wednesday.

Wichita police put crime scene tape around a parking lot to the west of the Lost Sock Laundromat. Investigators placed at least seven evidence markers in the area and were still processing the scene at around 2 p.m.



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Chance Swaim won the Betty Gage Holland Award in 2018 for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses. He has been a news reporter for The Wichita Eagle since 2018. You can contact him at 316-269-6752 and cswaim@wichitaeagle.com.
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