Crime & Courts

Police make arrest in shooting death of teen at McAdams Park

The Wichita Police Department said Thursday night that it had made an arrest in the shooting death of 15-year-old Marion Wheaton.

Wheaton, a West High student, died Wednesday night after being shot in the upper body at McAdams Park as part of an ongoing social media dispute, the department said Thursday.

Wheaton, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy walked to the park to fight, said Wichita police Capt. Bret Allred. The dispute was between one of the group and another 15-year-old boy, who arrived at the park in a vehicle with others at around 6 p.m., police said. The second group got out of the vehicle, and one person fired multiple shots, hitting Wheaton once.

Police said Thursday night that Malick Garrett, 18, was arrested on a charge of second degree murder and outstanding warrants in connection with the case.

Weaton was Wichita’s 24th homicide of the year, police said.

Michael Stavola covers breaking news at The Wichita Eagle. He’s won a national and several state awards during his five years of working at newspapers in Kansas. He plans to finish his MBA at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Michael likes to exercise, hunt and spend time with his wife and their dog, Marley.