Crime & Courts

Wichita police identify two men killed outside Harry Street bar

Crime scene investigators processes a scene at the Place, 4859 E. Harry. Two people have been confirmed dead and two others wounded after a shooting over night shooting at the bar. (Jan. 10, 2015)
Crime scene investigators processes a scene at the Place, 4859 E. Harry. Two people have been confirmed dead and two others wounded after a shooting over night shooting at the bar. (Jan. 10, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Police on Monday released the names of two Wichita men shot to death outside a bar on Harry Street early Saturday morning.

Killed in the clash outside the Place bar and grill at 4859 E. Harry were Andrew Smith, 28, and Quentin Brown, 32, homicide Lt. Todd Ojile said. Two other men were wounded in the shooting. A 25-year-old man was treated and released at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for a gunshot wound to the leg. A 36-year-old man is in serious condition at a local hospital after being shot in the abdomen.

“There was an argument between three individuals,” Ojile said.

One of them pulled out a handgun and shot Brown and the 36-year-old man, who were both arguing with him. He then fired more shots, hitting Smith and the 25-year-old man, who were friends.

“As far as we can tell, he was just a bystander,” Ojile said of Smith.

The suspect then left in an unknown vehicle, Ojile said. No arrests have been made in the case, he said. Investigators have not yet spoken with the two men who survived being shot.

A call reporting a disturbance outside the Place came in at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police have said.

Smith and Brown were taken to Wesley Medical Center. Smith, who was shot three times, was pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m. Brown, who was shot once in the chest, died at 5:44 a.m. Saturday.

The 36-year-old man walked into Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was later transferred to St. Francis.

Evidence indicates only one person fired shots, Ojile said. It appears whatever dispute that culminated in shots being fired in the parking lot started inside the club, he said, but investigators still aren’t sure what caused the argument.

“We don’t know how many were outside” at the time of the shooting, Ojile said. “We know there’s additional people out there that we would like to come forward and talk to us.”

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

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