UPDATE: Sunday, March 3, 2013
A teenager is in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after an overnight shooting in northeast Wichita.
Police say it happened shortly after Midnight near the intersection of 12th and Green Street.
They say a 15-year-old and 16-year-old were walking down 12th Street when a car with four people inside pulled up alongside them. Police say according to the 16-year-old, several people got out of the car, a maroon four-door Buick. One of the people confronted the 15-year-old.
"He said, 'Are you trippin'?' Then he pulled a black revolver from the front of his waistband and shot the 15-year-old male in his right hip one time," said Sgt. Bart Brunscheen of the Wichita Police Department.
Police say the suspects then ran back to the Buick and were last seen headed north on Green Street.
The teenage victims provided police with very vague descriptions of the suspects, who are all thought to be about 16 years old.
Police have not yet made an arrest.
"There are a lot of teenagers that are walking around at night and they can be kind of rambunctious," neighbor Gerald Richardson said.
The shooting has unnerved neighbors such as Richardson who has lived on 12th Street for about seven years in a house that is just steps away from where the shooting allegedly took place.
"It's a little too close for comfort," Richardson said.
He's still reeling from an incident last year when someone broke into his home while he was sleeping and took his television.
He says his prayers are with the victim's family.
"It's a hard situation, that's all I can say," Richardson said.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A 15-year-old boy was taken to a Wichita hospital in critical condition after a drive-by shooting in north Wichita early Sunday morning, but police say his injuries are not life-threatening.
Wichita Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of North Estelle a little after midnight, Sgt. Jeff Swanson said.
There, officers were told the victim and another teen were walking down 12th Street between Estelle and Green when they were confronted by three people in a car. After an argument, one of the people in the car pulled a gun and fired one shot, Swanson said. That bullet hit the 15-year-old in the lower right hip.
The victim and the other teen then went to the house on Estelle to report the shooting. The teen was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition.
Detectives were still interviewing the victim and witnesses. Swanson said police do not yet know whether the victim knew the suspects.