Crime & Courts

Police: Drug deal led to gunfire near Central, West; teens arrested

The Wichita Eagle

Three teenagers were arrested a short time after a drug transaction led to gunfire Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Several people reported hearing gun shots at about 2:40 p.m. at Central and West, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said. Officers responded to the area, where they learned three teens met another in the parking lot of the Taco Shop to complete a drug deal.

But the buyers decided they wanted the drugs for free, Espinoza said, and one of them pulled out a gun and fired shots before they fled in a gold Chevy S10 pickup. A police supervisor spotted the pickup and pulled it over in the 100 block of South Kessler a short time later.

All three people in the vehicle — two 19-year-old men and a 17-year-old boy — were arrested. The 17-year-old is the only one who had a gun, according to arrest records.

The 19-year-old man who was shot at was not injured, Espinoza said. Two vehicles parked in a lot on the northwest corner of Central and West were struck by bullets.

“There’s no gang involvement in this,” Espinoza said.

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