Man hurt by stray gunfire between cars; 2 arrested

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A man is recovering from minor injuries after being shot by stray gunfire between two groups of cars fighting with each other.

Officers were called at around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday to a shooting in the 2200 block of South Oliver, near Mt. Vernon. A 47-year-old man told police he was sitting in his vehicle when he heard gunshots. He exited his vehicle and was shot in the wrist.

Officers also observed a white Hyundai Elantra fleeing the area. A 22-year-old man ran from the vehicle, but he and a 21-year-old man were taken into custody.

Officer Charley Davidson said there was a disturbance between the two suspects in the white Elantra and a 23-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in a maroon Hyundai Sonata. The disturbance led to multiple shots being fired from the white Elantra. 

Through the investigation it was learned a disturbance occurred between the two suspects and a 14 year old male and a 23 year old male. The disturbance led to multiple shots being fired from the white Hyundai Elantra occupied by the two suspects towards a maroon Hyundai Sonata occupied by the 14 year old and 23 year old male victims.

The 21-year-old, identified through jail records as Keandre Irby, was booked for aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. 

The 22-year-old, Okemeus Ward, was booked for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, reckless driving and obstruction. 

Department of Corrections records state Irby has prior convictions of burglary, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. Ward has a prior conviction of criminal possession of a weapon.


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A man is recovering from minor injuries, shot by stray gunfire between two groups of cars fighting with each other.

Police say two groups in two cars got into an argument and began chasing each other.

One started shooting at the other, and stray gunfire hit a person a block away on Oliver.

Investigators do not have much more information, because there are several crimes they still need to go through.

Officer Chad Remy with the Wichita Police Department says "we have two in custody at this point, we're still trying to pinpoint if they're involved in the shooting.  We had officers in the area that saw a vehicle take off at a high rate of speed."

That victim was shot in the hand but should make a quick recovery.

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