Shoe sale leads to pistol whipping, shooting in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Investigators spent the first day of the new year looking for clues after a 19-year-old man was shot in front of his house.

Police said two men drove up in a gray Chevy Impala to the victim’s home in the 1600 block of North Emporia to purportedly buy a pair of shoes the victim was selling on an app called "Offer Up."

"During the sale of these shoes, one of the suspects brandished a firearm," Officer Charley Davidson said. "A physical struggle ensued, and the victim was shot one time in the shoulder."

The injured victim called 911 saying he'd been robbed and shot as the suspects drove away.

Neighbor Dennis Ballard has lived in his home for over thirty years, and watched it all from his window.

"You hate to see anybody be a victim. And especially when it goes as far as being shot. Especially if it was supposed to have been for a legitimate online deal,” Ballard said.

Police said this should be a warning to anyone buying or selling online.

"If you're going to purchase anything online or meeting a Craigslist or any other forums or such, it would be best to do it in public, where there are other individuals around it's safe,” Officer Andrew Do said.

Police said a safe place to meet for an exchange is a police substation or a convenience store. Buyers should never meet at anyone's home. You should always tell someone where you're going and bring someone with you to the meeting.

Ballard said his neighborhood is safe and crime can happen anywhere.

"If you live in the north, south, east or west, it can happen to anybody. All you have to do is sit down and watch the news. You'll see it almost every day,” Ballard said.

The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

Officer Davidson said investigators have developed two potential suspects and were searching for them Tuesday morning.


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Wichita Police said the victim of a New Year's Day shooting was trying to pick up something he purchased online.   

Officers were called to the 1600 block of North Emporia shortly before 2:00 p.m. 

Police said a man who lived in the area walked up to a car to pick up something he bought online.   He was hit in the head,  then shot in the shoulder.  The 20-year-old man suffered serious injuries. 

Police are looking for two suspects who drove away from the scene.  

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