Community Trying To Make Sense Of Murder, Suicide

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Update : Thursday, August 25, 2011

A deadly shooting leaves a neighborhood in shock, a child and her killer dead, and three family members fighting for their lives.

Police and the community are trying to make sense of it all after a murder-suicide. Investigators say a man went on a deadly shooting rampage, killing a six-year-old girl and shooting her sister, mother and grandmother before turning the gun on himself.

Flowers can be seen from the street, left on the porch of the home, in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting. At last report, a 9-year-old girl, a 30-year-old woman, and the children's grandmother are in the hospital in critical but stable condition.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Two people are dead and three others are in critical condition after an early morning shooting in west Wichita.

The shooting happened just after 3:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of South Stoneypoint.

Police say an upset ex-boyfriend entered the home and opened fire on a family. He is dead, as well as a child. Three others were taken to a hospital in critical condition. No names have been released. Police said the gunman had no local identification and appears to be from Mexico.

Wichita Police said a 6-year-old girl is dead, and the gunman, 36, shot himself. Two women, ages 56 and 30, and a 9-year-old girl are being treated for wounds. An uncle to the children was found unharmed. The women are the mother and grandmother of the children.

Police said the gunman, who had a relationship with the children's mother, kicked in the front door. The girls were shot several times. The children were shot in their beds. Wichita Police Lt. Ken Landwehr said the gunman went room to room, shooting his victims. Landwehr said the grandmother was able to call 911 after she had been shot. The gunman used a large caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Police said they had contact with the suspect around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday when he reported two people with guns were following him at Via Christi-St. Francis. Officers investigated and found nothing. There are indications the man called the home on Stoneypoint an hour later and threatened the family. No one from the house called 911 to report a threat.

A USD 259 spokesperson said the dead child and a wounded child were students at Kensler Elementary School. A crisis team is at the school today.

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