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Police search for five suspects in west Wichita shooting

Friday shooting in west Wichita

Wichita police investigate the scene of a shooting where five suspects broke into a house and shot a man inside. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)
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Wichita police investigate the scene of a shooting where five suspects broke into a house and shot a man inside. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)

Police are searching for at least five suspects in a shooting Friday in west Wichita.

At about 9:40 a.m., the suspects forced open a door at a corner home in the 400 block of North Doris, near I-235 and Central, according to Wichita police. At least one of them shot a 43-year-old man in the upper shoulder, Wichita police Sgt. Troy Nedbalek said at the scene.

The man was in serious but stable condition after being taken to Via Christi St. Francis, Nedbalek said.

At this point, the motive isn’t clear, but it doesn’t appear to be a random crime, Nedbalek said.

As of late Friday afternoon, there had been no arrests, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Nikki Woodrow.

The shooting occurred while two women were also at the house. The suspects were in the home for a matter of minutes, Nedbalek said.

Nedbalek said police are searching for at least five male suspects in their teens to 20s who ran from the house in different directions; some or all of them fled in a vehicle. He had no vehicle description to release.

Police asked that anyone who might have seen a vehicle leaving the scene call 911 or Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111.

Based on a shell casing at the scene, it appears a rifle was used, Nedbalek said.

Wichita police investigate the scene of a shooting where five suspects broke into a house and shot a man inside. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)

The house sits at the intersection of dusty gravel streets. Police were trying to recover shoe prints possibly left by the suspects, he said. A trail of evidence extended at least a block away.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter

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