Four Arrested In Early Morning Double Shooting

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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May 18, 2009

Four men are behind bars as suspects in an overnight shooting. Police say the double shooting stemmed from a home robbery in South Wichita.

Police were called out just before 2 a.m. Monday after someone called 911 saying they heard gunshots. It turns out the shots were fired in the 1500 block of South Mosley after four men barged into a house.

"During the robbery the victim fled from the residence and, as he was fleeing, one of the suspects shot him," said Lt. Todd Ojile.

Then, police say, as the suspects were loading into their car a block north, barking dogs alerted a 56-year-old man. When he went outside to check it out, the suspects shot him. His wife told a friend what happened.

"She said she heard him go outside because the dogs were barking. I asked, 'What are you guys doing"' Then she heard a bunch of gunshots. She jumped on the floor and called 911," said Steve Shubert.

Officers already patrolling the area after the first 911 call heard that second round of shots and then saw the suspect’s car speeding by. After a brief chase, they arrested all four of them. One is reportedly a gang member.

Police are now trying to figure out if the robbery victim knew the suspects.

"We do not believe this is related to any type of feud or any type of gang activity. It just appears they were trying to find a way to get easy money," said Ojile.

Both gunshot victims are expected to fully recover.

Wichita Police said an early morning shooting left two people wounded, and four others facing charges.

Officers found one victim in a home in the 1400 block of South Mosley around 2:00 a.m. Police said the man approached some suspects who were running toward a vehicle carrying items.

Shots were fired, with one man being shot in the hip.

Officers found the second victim a block away. Investigators believe the same suspects had gone to that victim's home to rob him. The victim was shot when he tried to run.

Police have arrested for people for the shootings and robbery.

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