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Man, 19, critical after being shot in north Wichita break-in at his home (VIDEO)

A 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday morning after being shot after two people broke into a house in north Wichita, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said.
A 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday morning after being shot after two people broke into a house in north Wichita, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. The Wichita Eagle

A 19-year-old man was taken to a hospital in critical condition Monday morning after being shot when two people broke into his house in north Wichita, police said.

The shooting took place shortly before 9:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of North Shelton, which is near 21st and Arkansas.

The man was shot several times in the upper torso, Wichita police Sgt. Chris McAuliffe said. A Sedgwick County dispatcher said the gunshot wounds were to the man’s stomach.

The victim’s girlfriend and a toddler were in a back bedroom at the time of the shooting. Neither was injured.

“They heard the noise,” McAuliffe said, “but they didn’t see the actual altercation.”

The early investigation indicated the suspects probably came from the alley behind the house, used a crowbar to break a patio door and entered the house, McAuliffe said.

“They confronted the resident and scuffled,” he added. “Several shots were fired.”

The victim told police the suspects were a man and a woman who left in a white minivan.

“Right now, we don’t know what the motive might be as far as why they came into the house,” McAuliffe said.

Wichita police are looking for the two suspects. They also are checking area businesses for security video, McAuliffe said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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