Driver arrested in road rage shooting says they were chased first

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The driver of a car who was arrested for a violent road rage incident tells police she and her passengers were the ones who were being chased. 21-year-old Ramonyka Smith and her passenger 19-year-old Tylin Atkinson face charges related to a rode rage shooting near 10th Street North and Topeka last Wednesday. Both are charged with aggravated battery, criminal discharge of a firearm and traffic charges.

In court documents, Smith told police that a blue Chevrolet Tahoe began following them and throwing things at their vehicle for unknown reasons. She stated that she tried speeding away from the Tahoe by "zig-zagging" through traffic. According to Smith the Tahoe proceeded to follow them, and at one point a drink was thrown at her vehicle. She goes on to tell police that she believed someone in the Tahoe had a gun, but could not describe it. She said she tried to turn right (south) on Topeka and as they approached 12th Street North they saw the Tahoe coming down 12th Street North from Broadway. Smith said she allowed Atkinson to get out of her car and moments later heard gunshots.

According to police one of the bullets hit a boy inside the SUV. Officer Charley Davidson said there were five other children under the age of 10 in the Tahoe along with a 23-year-old man, his wife, and his sister. The Mustang rushed away from the scene, but officers stopped it a short time later at 9th and Volutsia.

Smith was taken into custody without incident, and Atkinson was later located at a home in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic. A third person, 21-year-old Travon Coleman, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Kansas Department of Corrections records shows Smith is on Community Corrections for two convictions of possession of drugs with intent to distribute. She was sentenced in Greenwood County in July of 2017.


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Wichita police have arrested two people in connection to a road rage shooting that injured a 4-year-old boy.

Jail records show 19-year-old Tylin Atkinson and 21-year-old Ramonyka Smith were booked late Wednesday in connection to the shooting near 10th Street North and Topeka. Both were held for aggravated battery, criminal discharge of a firearm and traffic charges. 

The child suffered a gunshot wound to his side and was in stable condition Thursday morning.

Officer Charley Davidson said a road rage incident occurred between a silver Ford Mustang and a blue Chevy Tahoe near 29th and Broadway just before 5 p.m. It continued to the area of 13th and Broadway and then to the 1200 block of North Topeka. 

During a disturbance, Atkinson got out of the Mustang and fired two shots, striking the boy, Davidson said. There were five other children under the age of 10 in the Tahoe along with a 23-year-old man, his wife and his sister.

The Mustang then fled the scene, but officers stopped it a short time later at 9th and Volutsia. 

Smith was taken into custody without incident, and Atkinson was later located at a home in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic. A third person, 21-year-old Travon Coleman, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Smith is on Community Corrections for two convictions of possession of drugs with intent to distribute. She was sentenced in Greenwood County in July of 2017.


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Wichita's police chief says a 4-year-old boy was shot during a road rage incident on the city's north side.

Officers were called just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a shooting near 10th Street North and Topeka. Chief Gordon Ramsay said two vehicles were on Broadway near 13th Street when one vehicle cut off another. 

The silver Ford Mustang and blue Chevy Tahoe then traveled to the 1200 block of North Topeka where two shots were fired from the Mustang, striking one of the children in the Tahoe. Chief Ramsay said the boy was hospitalized in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

There were two adults and five other children, all under the age of 10, in the Tahoe a the time of the shooting.

The Mustang fled the scene but police later located it and were interviewing those who were in it. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Ramsay said there are, on average, three road rage incidents involving a gun each week in Wichita. 

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