15-year-old girl shot in the back in northeast Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police say a 15-year-old girl is expected to survive after she was struck by a stray bullet in her northeast Wichita house.

Officers were called at around 6 p.m. Wednesday to a shooting in the 1300 block of North Estelle, near Grove.

Nalita Dyas said her daughter, Sharea Sanders, was struck by a stray bullet that broke a rib and punctured her lung.

"Watching your 15-year-old daughter, sitting there in so much pain, and you can't do anything about it. That's a terrible feeling," said Dyas.

The investigation revealed that a group of teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, were having a BB gun war outside the home when a silver car drove up and someone inside began shooting, striking the girl in the back. 

"The little boys were kind of scooting in my yard, so that's why my house got hit and theirs didn't. My daughter was walking through the living room when she got hit, when the bullet came through the house and hit her," said Dyas.

Dyas' daughter remains at the hospital and has been upgraded from serious to stable condition. 

"We can say that this is not a random incident," said Officer Charley Davidson. "We do believe that it was gang-related, with one of the 15-year-old males was [sic] a documented gang member, being a possible intended target."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.


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A 15-year-old girl is in serious condition after being shot Wednesday evening. The shooting happened around 6:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Estelle. 

Investigators say the teen was shot in the back. A home in area had been hit with stray bullets. So far, officers have yet to determine a motive for the shooting and don't have any suspects.

If you have any information on this case you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316.267.2111.

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