Bullets hit downtown Salina business during shooting and stabbing outside a bar

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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SALINA, Kan. -- It was a pretty normal night for Salina's Todd Brown.

That is, until a bullet came flying through a front glass window of his downtown Salina business.

"It all happened so fast," Brown said.

Brown owns The Arena, a sports collectible and video games store on North Santa Fe in downtown Salina.

As he does most weekend evenings, he was hard at work on the computer at his store, trying to make a little extra money with his online sales. His five-year-old Mastiff dog, Maggie, was asleep next to the door.

But as the Inferno bar closed across the street early Sunday morning, it grew loud outside. An argument had started.

"Then all of the sudden I heard a gunshot," Brown said.

That first shot came through the glass right next to Maggie.

"It missed her by six inches to a foot," Brown said.

As Maggie took off for the back of the store, Todd says he got up from his computer.

"It was probably five or six seconds later that another gunshot went and shattered our big front window," Brown said.

There was glass everywhere and at least two thousand dollars in damage.

Furniture and other Items around the front of his store had been hit.

"(The second shot) went through the window and it went through my sign and then the bullet went into the wall," Brown said.

Salina Police say the shots had been fired from a high-powered rifle as people came out of the Inferno bar.

In addition to the bullet holes and fragments inside Brown's store, they found a shell casing right outside the Department of Corrections office across the street.

But police soon learned something else had happened.

"As we were trying to investigate the shooting with the rifle and trying to piece it together, we were then notified by the hospital that someone had also been stabbed," Capt. Mike Sweeney said.

Police say a 27-year-old man had walked into Salina Regional Health Center with a stabbing wound to his stomach.

He told police he had been attacked outside the same club at about the same time as the shooting.

"We do feel there is a possible connection between the two," Capt. Sweeney said.

Police say, thankfully, the wound was not life-threatening.

Todd Brown says he's also thankful, he knows how lucky he and his dog are given the bullet holes that now riddle his store. But he's still very unnerved.

"You think about moving off of Santa Fe (Street) with the more traffic and more stuff like this that happens," Brown said.

Police say the suspected shooter is believed to a black male, 5'8, and about 200 pounds.

Police say they are also are looking for at least three vehicles:

- A white, 4-door passenger car
- A black Crown Victoria
- Little information was available about the third car

Police are asking that if you have any information to please call (785) 826-7210.

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