UPDATE: Wife dies, husband critical after NE Sedgwick County shooting

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SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. -- Sedgwick County investigators continue their investigation into a shooting that left a woman dead and her husband critically wounded.

Officers were called around 9:15 p.m. Friday to a residence in the 5900 block of East 109th Street North. Melissa and Roger Bluml were both found with gunshot wounds to the head.

In a news release, Sedgwick County Lt. David Mattingly said, "Investigators worked around the clock all weekend trying to piece information together. We know there are several theories floating around, they are just that, theories."

Lt. Mattingly said his department would provide information when they can base their statement on something other than theories.


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A woman is dead and her husband remains in critical condition after a shooting Friday night in northeast Sedgwick County.

Officers were called around 9:15 p.m. to a residence in the 5900 block of East 109th Street North, which is just northeast of Valley Center. When they arrived on scene, they found a man and woman had suffered gunshot wounds to their heads.

The 48-year-old man and 53-year-old woman were rushed to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office identified the woman Saturday night as Melissa Bluml. She was pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

During a press conference Saturday evening, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Captain Greg Pollock said the victims are husband and wife. Friends of the family tell us the husband is Roger Bluml. They say the couple has two teenage sons.

There is no word yet on any arrests or a motive for the shooting.

Throughout the day Saturday, family, friends and community members expressed their condolences and prayers on Twitter using the hashtags "#prayfortheblumls and #prayingfortheblumls."

Neighbors in the rural community say the shooting comes as a shock. They say there were at least three homes in the area that were burglarized during the summer. But they say they never thought there'd be a violent crime, like this shooting, essentially in their backyard.

"This caught me off guard," Tad Brockman said.

Brockman watched Friday night as a helicopter circled above his neighborhood shining a spotlight in the fields. He says an officer came to his door and asked, "Are you ok?" Brockman says the officer didn't give him any other information and he's been on alert ever since.

"You want to make sure you're prepared and double check your locks and windows. But when you don't know what's going on you don't know what to do." Brockman said. "They tell you not to worry about anything but then they don't tell you what's going on so it's kind of hard not to worry."

At a press conference Saturday night, the Sheriff's office says they are looking for the public's help. If you have any information, you're asked to call (316) 660-5300.


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