WPD: Triple shooting result of gang-related robbery attempt

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Police say a shooting yesterday that left one person dead and two others hurt in northeast Wichita was the result of a gang-related robbery attempt.

Officers were called to the area of 13th and Holyoke shortly before 1:30 Wednesday afternoon on the report of a disturbance. They found a 20-year-old man in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, who was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

While investigating that shooting, officers walking near 14th and Holyoke found a blood trail that led them to a home with an open door. Inside, they found another shooting victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A third shooting victim, a 19-year-old man, was found a short time later outside an apartment complex in the 4900 block of East Harry. That victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

During Thursday's police briefing, police said the shooting stemmed from a robbery attempt at a home in the 1400 block of North Holyoke. Police say two men went to the home to rob a 27-year-old man who was in town visiting his uncle.

Once inside, shots were exchanged between the four suspects and the intended target of the robbery. Two of the suspects were shot, and the 27-year-old was shot in the head and killed.

He's been identified as Paul Danny Khmabounheuang of Arkansas, and had only been in town for a few days. His uncle's friends own the home where the shooting happened, but were out of state.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but police did find drugs in the home.

Police say the two suspects who were shot are documented gang members. Both are under guard at a Wichita hospital.

Officers are still searching for the other two men. A woman was also in the home at the time of the shooting, but was not hurt.

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