Wichita Police identify deadly shooting victim

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita Police have identified a man who was shot to death when he was caught in the crossfire between two groups.

Erick Vasquez, 25,  died from his wounds Saturday.   The shooting happened in a strip mall parking lot near 13th & Bluff.  

Police said Vasquez was sitting in a vehicle when two groups on opposite ends of the parking lot started shooting at each other.

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Wichita Police said a man shot to death Saturday was not the intended victim.   Investigators released new details this morning. 

Police said a 25-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a strip mall parking lot near 13th and Bluff.   Investigators said the man and a friend had gone to the area to purchase cigarettes.   The man was sitting in a vehicle when two groups of men started shooting at each other.   Some of the bullets hit the man sitting in the vehicle.   His name has not been released.

At the scene of the shooting, friends and family left flowers and candles to honor the victim.

"He's a good friend, a good father, always supported his family," one friend told KAKE News. " I'd known him my whole life. You don't just count the years, you count the blessings."

Investigators said the shooting was gang-related, but that the victim was not in a gang himself.

"He was just sitting in his truck, when two groups of unknown black males, one at the east end of the parking lot, one at the west end of the parking lot, pulled firearms and began firing at each other," said Lt. Todd Ojile with the Wichita Police Dept. "He was not the intended victim, he was just caught in the crossfire."

Police ask anyone with information to call homicide investigators at (316) 268-4181 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

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Wichita police are investigating after a deadly shooting Saturday evening in northeast Wichita. 

It happened about 7:25 p.m. near the intersection of 13th and Bluff. That's just across the street from the MacDonald Golf Course.

Arriving officers found a 23-year-old man suffering multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a nearby business. He was pronounced dead shortly after. 

A large crowd had gathered by the time police arrived. Onlookers at the scene said the body was found inside a vehicle. 

Investigators worked through the night -- and the short thunderstorm -- interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene, which spanned several blocks. 

Sgt. Jamie Couch said Saturday night the shooting may have been gang-related. 

As of Sunday morning police had no suspect information to release. 

Anyone who may have been in the area around 7:25 p.m. Saturday and anyone who may have information on the identity of a suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. 

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