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Man shot in back of the neck at Wichita home, but no one there knows him, police say

Police investigate Sunday morning shooting in south Wichita

Wichita police Sgt. Robert Preble said the department is investigating a Sunday morning shooting where one man was shot in the back of his neck at a home on South Topeka. (July 21, 2019)
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Wichita police Sgt. Robert Preble said the department is investigating a Sunday morning shooting where one man was shot in the back of his neck at a home on South Topeka. (July 21, 2019)

Wichita police are investigating after one man was shot in the back of the neck Sunday morning at a home where no one there says they know him.

Emergency crews were called at around 11:13 a.m. to a reported shooting in the 900 block of South Topeka, near Kellogg and Broadway, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. One patient was taken to a hospital. Emergency radio communication indicated one patient had a gunshot wound to the head and was in critical condition.

The man was found inside the house with a gunshot wound to the back of his neck, said police Sgt. Robert Preble. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was stable as of about 12:30 p.m.

“He was coherent when we arrived, but wasn’t able to give us any information,” Preble said.

Investigators have not been able to identify the person. The people at the house are cooperating with the investigation, police said.

“As far as we have been able to ascertain, our victim is unknown to anyone that lives at this house,” Preble said. “We don’t know what his role is or why he was here.”

About 45 minutes after the shooting was first reported, two officers walked a handcuffed and shirtless man from the house to a patrol vehicle. The man’s pockets were searched before he was put in the back of the SUV. Police did not say how the man is connected to the house or the shooting.

“We are asking people what they know,” Preble said. “The person that we took upstairs is just a person that we want to talk to and see if they know any more information.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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