2 arrested in deadly Wichita shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police have arrested two men accused in in a deadly shooting outside an apartment complex in south Wichita.

Dawson Slater, 21, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, and Zachary Scogin, 22, was booked later that night.

Both suspects are accused in last Thursday's shooting death of 22-year-old Brandon Nelson at Kingsborough Apartments at 2724 South Seneca.

Slater's bond was set at 500,000, and Scogin is being held on $250,000 bond.

Kansas Department of Corrections records list Slater as being on post release supervision as of December 20, 2016. He has prior convictions of aggravated assault, criminal discharge of a firearm and "criminal carry weapon."


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A Wichita police official identified a 22-year-old man killed in a shooting late Thursday night on the city's south side. 

Lt. Todd Ojile said officers were called just after 11 p.m. to a shooting at Kingsborough Apartments at 2724 South Seneca, between Pawnee and 31st Street. They arrived to find the victim, Brandon Nelson, unresponsive, lying in the parking lot.

Nelson, who lived at the complex, had been shot once and died at the scene. 

Lt. Ojile said Nelson had been standing in the parking lot when a car pulled in, and "Mr. Nelson had contact with this vehicle."

One person in the car shot Nelson and the vehicle fled the area. It was described only as a midsize four-door.

Family have set up the "Help Bring Brandon Home" fundraising page to return Nelson's body back to Kentucky. 

"We're hoping they figure out who did it. Hoping we can get him home to his family, so his family can have some kind of closure," said Reanna Bruner-McCall, friend.

Residents KAKE news spoke with said this shooting adds to a long list of reasons she doesn't feel safe in her own home.

"I'm scared, for one," Diana Porterie said. "I don't even like to leave my house during the day or anything. You know, constantly checking your hallways and stuff because you never know anymore."

Porterie said she and other residents in the area are looking to move after this shooting and a recent "shots fired" call during a bank robbery last week. 

"It is a scary situation and I just feel sorry for the families," Porterie said. "I just hope they catch whoever has done this."

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. 

The man's death is Wichita's eleventh homicide of 2017. The city's ninth and tenth homicides happened less than a week ago. 

On March 17th, a woman was found shot to death in a parking lot in the same area. That case remains unsolved. 

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