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Wichita police need help finding 17-year-old’s shooter

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Wichita police say they need help finding whoever shot a 17-year-old on the city’s north side Thursday night.

The teen boy called 911 from a home near the area where he was shot around 9:15 p.m., Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson said. The teen told police he was walking by a red truck in the 600 block of West 20th Street North when someone opened fire as he passed by. He was struck twice — in the leg and abdomen. He was treated at a Wichita hospital and released a short time later.

The wounds weren’t life threatening, Davidson said. The address where the teen was shot is near Woodland Park, just south of 21st and Arkansas.

Davidson said investigators on Friday were “still working to determine the exact circumstances of everything that occurred” including whether the shooting had gang ties. He asked anyone with information about what happened or who knows who is responsible to call Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or Wichita police detectives at 316-268-4407.

Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and could win a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest. Tips can also be left online at www.wichitasedgwickcountycrimestoppers.com or on the P3 mobile app.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.
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