Man arrested in deadly south Wichita shooting

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Wichita police have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection to a deadly drive-by shooting early Wednesday morning. 

Jeremy Honeycutt was booked Wednesday evening on suspicion of first-degree murder, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held without bond on the murder count and a combined $11,500 bond on the others.

The shooting happened at around 1:30 a.m. near 31st Street South and Hydraulic. Officer Charley Davidson identified the victim as 51-year-old Michael Nelson.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Honeycutt has prior convictions of theft, robbery, criminal threat, criminal discharge of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm. He was last paroled in December of 2016. 

Honeycutt, a double amputee, was featured in an episode of MSNBC's "Lockup" earlier this year.

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Police say a man has died following a shooting early Wednesday morning in south Wichita. 

Officers were called at around 1:30 a.m. to the report of a drive-by shooting in the 1400 block of Gidley Street, near 31st and Hydraulic. Lt. Todd Ojile said officers arrived to find a 51-year-old with a gunshot wound lying in the street. 

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A friend identified him as Michael Nelson.

Investigators learned the victim had gone to a home on Gidley to visit friends who were staying there. At one point, Lt. Ojile, said the victim was standing outside when a vehicle pulled up and "words were exchanged." The man was then shot and killed in the street. 

"He was helping bringing some gas and food to some friends that needed it, like he did all the time for us instead some cowards shot him," Nelson's friend Chris said.

There was no description of the vehicle or potential suspects involved. Anyone with information is asked to call 911, Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111, or the WPD homicide section at (316) 268-4182.

"We believe he was targeted somehow, some way," Lt. Ojile said. "We're still conducting interviews."

He added that the shooting is not believed to be gang-related. 

Wednesday morning's shooting is Wichita's 28th homicide of the year. The city's 27th homicide was reported the day before. A woman's body was discovered in a home near 21st and 119th streets. More on that story here

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