Crime & Courts

Two men arrested, linked to drive-by shooting near Pawnee, Rock

Two men - one of them a convicted felon who had absconded from parole – were arrested over the weekend in connection with a drive-by shooting last week that seriously injured a man, police said.

The men, both 18, were suspects in the May 26 shooting of a 24-year-old man in the 2100 block of South White Oak, Lt. James Espinoza said, near Pawnee and Rock. They were spotted by a police officer shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday in the 1400 block of North Hillside.

The suspects were both apprehended after a short foot chase, Espinoza said. One of them, Martrell Rials, had absconded from parole and was carrying a loaded weapon.

Rials and the second man, Leondre Bryant, were both booked into jail on suspicion of numerous offenses, including attempted first-degree murder. They are being held on $200,000 bond.

The victim was shot in the head but “is improving,” Espinoza said. The shooting is gang-related, he said. Both suspects are documented gang members.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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