Affidavit released in deadly shooting of Wichita teen

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An affidavit released Thursday appears to support police inclinations that the fatal shooting death of a Wichita teenager was accidental.

Wichita police said previously the March 3 death of a 16-year-old Casey James Lawrukiewicz late was due to the "unsafe handling" of a firearm. 

The affidavit details a visibly shaken Fabian Griffin, 42, following the shot that hit Lawrukiewicz:

"DNP stated that she asked what had happened and Fabian responded that Casey Lawrukiewicz, and he were playing around shooting blanks at each other. Fabian stated that he pointed the gun at Casey and the gun went off. Fabian then said he was going to kill himself because he had hurt his friend." 

Read the full affidavit here

The shooting incident happened at around 11:55 p.m. on the 3rd at a home near Harry and Hillside. Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said there were three people, ages 16, 25 and 42, inside the home at the time. 

"There was no disturbance inside the residence," Sgt. Woodrow said. "However, the incident involved the unsafe handing of a weapon by the 42-year-old male."

 Lawrukiewicz was taken to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries. 

"Drugs and alcohol were possibly involved," Woodrow said. 

Woodrow said the 25-year-old lived at the home, Griffin was a neighbor and Lawrukiewicz frequented the home.

Griffin, was booked for second-degree unintentional but reckless murder and criminal possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $250,000. 

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A man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in southeast Wichita. 

The fatal shot was fired at around 11:55 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1700 block of South Yale, near Harry and Hillside. The victim's mother lives near the house where her son was shot and says she woke up to noise and confusion outsider her house. 

"I knew my son had been over there and I knew something was wrong with him, and I saw son dead on their couch. I didn't know what do do. Just pray that he was okay, and when he wasn't I can do is ask for justice for my kid."

"My understanding is that there was a disturbance and one individual was shot and was later taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries," said Sgt. Doug Gerdes of the Wichita Police Department.

Family identified the victim as 16-year-old Casey James Lawrukiewicz.

A 42-year-old man was arrested for second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. Officer Paul Cruz said the suspect's name is being withheld at this time. 

Lawrukiewicz's family is struggling with the loss of their loved one. His aunt tells KAKE News, "He was a great kid, he had a heart of gold. He had big plans."

Police say the will release more details on the incident during Monday morning's media briefing.  

Lawrukiewicz's friends and family attended a vigil Saturday evening.

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