Police: Bouncer shot three men outside Wichita nightclub

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WICHITA, Kan. -- One man is dead and two others hurt after police say they were shot by a bouncer at a Wichita nightclub over the weekend.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Spotlite 2 club in the 1700 block of East Morris when police say bouncers kicked two brothers out of the club for violating the dress code.

When they got to the parking lot, one of the brothers allegedly pulled a gun. Police say the bouncers told the man to put the gun down, but he began firing. The bouncers were also armed and one fired back.

An off-duty police officer was at a nearby convenience store and heard the shots. He called for other officers, who quickly arrived on scene.

The alleged gunman's brother was killed. He's been identified as 30-year-old Lafayette Johnson.

The armed suspect was shot in the leg and transported to a local hospital. Travis M. Johnson, 21, was treated and has since been booked into the Sedgwick County jail for aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm.

A third man in the parking lot was also hit by gunfire, and showed up later at a Wichita hospital. He's since been treated and released.

Police say the club's owner and three bouncers were armed.

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Police are investigating after a man was killed and two others were hurt in a shooting outside a Wichita nightclub early Sunday morning.

Officers were called around 1:30 a.m. to several reports of shots fired at the Spotlite 2 club in the 1700 block of East Morris, near Lincoln and Hydraulic.

When they arrived on scene, they found two shooting victims, Sgt. Kevin Kochenderfer said. Those two were taken to a nearby hospital. Another victim arrived later by private vehicle.

A 30-year-old man died at the hospital, one of the other victims was taken to Via Christi-St. Francis and was treated and released. The current condition of the third victim is unknown. No names have been released.

Police say that the shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the club. A problem policed faced was that so many people fled and subsequently scattered evidence across the area when they heard gunshots, the scene grew to a larger radius. For a time, the scene extended from the Spotlite 2 club, across Morris Street and into an adjoining parking lot.

In the early morning hours, Kochenderfer said investigators were still trying to determine what led up to the shooting.

"From the evidence we have right now, we are getting conflicting statements," Kochenderfer said. "We're still trying to investigate that and determine what exactly the course of this was."

Sgt. John Hoofer later said that the shooting was a result of an altercation, the details of which were not provided.

Many neighbors were awoken to the gun fire. According to one neighbor, there six shots followed by another three shots. Police have not confirmed whether the bullets came from one gun or multiple guns.

Police said their homicide department is going to release more details about this shooting Monday morning.

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