Suspect, victim identified in deadly Wichita shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have arrested a suspect in a deadly Monday afternoon shooting on the city's east side. 

Officers were called at around 1:15 p.m. to a shooting in the 6200 block of East Orme Street, which is west of Woodlawn. Investigators believe 18-year-old D'Shaun Smith and a female drove to that area to meet someone to buy marijuana, Lt. Todd Ojile said.

"During this transaction, the suspect pulled a firearm, attempting to rob the victim and the female," Lt. Ojile said. "A shot was fired during this attempt, and then the suspect fled on foot."

Officers arrived and found Smith in the vehicle. He had suffered and gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The female with him was taken to police headquarters for questioning. 

Late Monday night, investigators conducted surveillance at a home where the suspect was believed to be. A short time later, the suspect left the home and was taken into custody, Lt. Ojile said.

Jail records show 18-year-old Mark Holley III was booked for first-degree murder in commission of a felony, aggravated robbery and failure to appear. He is also subject to two holds for other law enforcement agencies. Bond has not been set.

Smith's death is Wichita's eighth homicide of 2017. 

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A quiet street in Wichita shattered Monday afternoon with news of an 18-year-old gunned down in broad daylight. Ryan Patton was getting something from his car when he heard the commotion.

"To me, it sounded like someone was dropping a heavy piece of wood or something," said Patton.

Patton wasn't sure what he heard. But when he saw a young women running away, he knew he had to call for help. 

"Worst-case scenario, it is a gunshot or something. So I went inside and called 911," said Patton.

Police say the victim and that woman came to this neighborhood to meet someone.

"There was a girl that was there that was very hysterical, screaming that they shot him," said Adella Rucker, who lives down the street from where the shooting happened.

Witnesses saw someone running from the scene. Neighbors are hoping nearby cameras caught the crime.

"One of the homes had cameras, so we're thinking that maybe there is some footage of what happened," said Rucker.

The homeowner said he handed the surveillance video over to police, but declined to share it with KAKE News.

Jason Knipp believes his neighborhood is getting more dangerous. "Criminal activity is just getting really bad," he said. "I think there needs to be more patrols in this area, and it's just getting unsafe."

Rucker said his neighborhood is quiet. But Monday's killing made her nervous, so she may make some changes.

 "Maybe get cameras so, therefore, if something like this happens, then maybe we can have some footage like this neighbor was smart enough to do," said Rucker.

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