Details Released In Wichita Murder-Suicide

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wichita Police have released details in the apparent murder-suicide at a southwest Wichita apartment.

Police say the shooter has been identified as 21-year-old Zachery McGowan. He reportedly shot 20-year-old Brittany Linton before turning the gun on himself.

McGowan and Linton were found in their bed by their roommate with gunshot wounds to the head. The couple do not have a history of domestic violence.


August 11, 2010


Neighbors say they're shocked, after two people are found dead in a southwest Wichita apartment. Police are calling it an apparent murder suicide.

Officers were called to Westport Apartments at 31st and Meridian, around noon. Police thought they were responding to a medical call, but soon realized it was much more serious, after finding a man and woman shot to death.

"It actually feels like it's a dream, I was over here with my mom, [and] I'm like are you serious, is this happening? Is this a movie, or am I awake?" said a neighbor, Ashley Harrison.

"It scares me, and I honestly don't know what to do or think," said another neighbor, Shanea Thomas.

Police say they're not looking for a suspect in the shooting, but won't officially rule the incident a murder suicide until they receive autopsy results.

"We're looking at the possibility of a murder suicide. But that's still under investigation. So we're not real sure, but that's a possibility," said Wichita Police Sgt. Steven Hiser.

The man and woman were reportedly both in their early 20's, and lived together in the apartment where they were found. Neighbors say they saw them together often.

"They seemed so lovey dovey. Because of how they acted it didn't seem like they would do anything like that," said Harrison.

Residents tell KAKE News they saw the man involved, walking his dog Tuesday night, which is the night before police say a friend found the two bodies, then called 911.

Police have yet to release the names of the man or woman. Officers say they plan to release more information Thursday morning.


August 11, 2010

Two bodies were discovered shortly before noon Wednesday at the Westport Apartments at Meridian and 31st Street South.

Police say they were called to the apartments around 11:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found a man and woman in their early 20s dead from apparent gunshot wounds. A friend of the victims had discovered the bodies.

Police are trying to piece together what happened, and are investigating the possibility of murder-suicide.

KAKE News has a crew on the scene, and will update the story as more information becomes available.

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