UPDATE: Dispute Between Rival Gangs Leads To Deadly Shooting

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UPDATE: Monday, July 15, 2013

Wichita Police say a 27-year-old man was killed in a shooting incident Sunday morning near downtown Wichita where four other people were hurt. Police identified the victim as James Gary, who they say is a documented gang member.

Police say the shooting was the result of a dispute between rival gangs.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday near 11th Street and Mead in north Wichita. Police say more than 100 people had gathered there at an auto shop that they say has been used recently to host after-parties after the clubs close on the weekend.

Police say the situation escalated quickly when members of two rival gangs got into an argument in the parking lot where the majority of the partygoers were standing.

"At some point in the altercation somebody pulled out a weapon and began firing it into the crowd," Lt. Scott Heimerman said.

Police say five people were caught in the crossfire.

"You can imagine when you have that many people crowded into a small parking lot like that there is going to be a great deal of collateral damage," Heimerman said.

A 26-year-old man is in Via Christi Health St. Francis where he underwent surgery and is in very critical condition. A 33-year-old man, who also underwent surgery, is at Wesley Medical Center in stable condition. Two women suffered wounds that are not life threatening. They were treated at Via Christi Health St. Francis and released.

Investigators have identified the suspect and are trying to find that person. Police said the person is not a threat to the general public. They did not identify the suspect.


ORIGINAL STORY: Sunday, July 14, 2013

One person is dead and four others are injured after a shooting early Sunday morning in north Wichita.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., police responded to a call of a disturbance with shots fired near East 11th Street and North Mead. Police say the scene was very "fluid" when they arrived with many people leaving while others tended to those injured. Officers found five people with gunshot wounds.

Of the four people injured, two were in critical condition, one was in serious condition and another had "relatively minor" injuries, Sgt. Jeff Swanson said. Some of the victims were taken to St. Francis and others were taken to Wesley Medical Center. A fifth person died at the hospital.

Police provided no information on the victims.

Police estimate about 50 to 80 people had been gathered in the industrial area on N. Mead St., Sgt. Swanson said. He says it's unclear at this time why the people were there.

Police were investigating the scene Sunday morning, including trying to identify the owners of between six and ten vehicles left in the area.

Police did not release any new information during a Sunday afternoon media briefing.

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