Police: Wake Shooting Is Gang Retaliation

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Police have identified the victims in this weekend's fatal drive-by shooting during a wake at a home in S. Wichita.

Authorities say Keo Intavong, 66, and Jeff Chitanavong, 22, died after being shot while attending the wake.

A 57-year-old man remains in critical condition Monday morning, with three others listed in serious condition. Four men were treated and released for minor injuries.

Police say the drive-by may be retaliation for a fatal shooting at a wedding at Wichita's Mid-America All Indian Center in September of 2006. Daniel Dang, 19 at the time, died in that event. His murder has never been solved.

Authorities say the target of this weekend's shooting may have been the son of the woman for whom the wake was held. She died last week of a heart attack. Authorities say her son was not injured in the shooting.

Police have little information on suspects in the case, but believe they are part of an Asian gang. Investigators say all ten victims in this weekend's shooting were innocent bystanders at the wake. None are known to have gang ties.

Anybody with information is urged to call police. You can remain anonymous if you call CrimeStoppers at 267-2111. If you're information leads to an arrest and conviction, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Police continue to monitor the status of a victim who was critically injured in Saturday's deadly shooting at a Southeast Wichita home. Two people were killed, while a third person remains in extremely critical condition.

A total of nine people were shot at a home in the 2900 block of East Dunham, near 31st South and Hillside. Police got the call shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Police Chief Robert Lee said Saturday night that a family was hosting a funeral wake for someone who had recently passed away. Someone either fired shots from the street or walked up to the house and pointed a gun inside.

When officers entered the home, they found one victim dead and soon discovered there were eight other victims. One of those other victims also died from their injuries. Lee says one person was taken from the scene in critical condition.

That third victim was discovered with a gunshot to the chest and was rushed to a local hospital in extremely critical condition.

Two other victims were found at the scene with minor injuries and dispatchers say four more victims arrived at nearby hospitals in private vehicles about 15-20 minutes after the event.

The only detail known about a possible suspect is that a white vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene westbound on Dunham St.

Lee says they have not yet made a determination on how many suspects they may be looking for.

Investigators had some trouble communicating with many of the people at the scene because they do not speak English. Officers had earlier asked for Laotian translators to come to the scene.

More information about the deadly incident is expected to be released at the department's daily media briefing Monday morning.


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