Shooting that injured woman was drug related, Wichita police say

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police say a shooting that injured a woman in southeast Wichita was drug related. 

Officers responded at around 3 p.m. Tuesday to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of South Terrace Drive, near Lincoln and Oliver. Officer Kevin Wheeler said they arrived to find a home that had been struck multiple times.  

An 18-year-old man and 20-year-old woman inside the home told police that no one was hurt, but officers determined the woman had been shot in the abdomen. She was treated at a local hospital and later released. 

Witnesses described the suspect to officers and 23-year-old Tristyn Cowling was arrested in the area. He was booked for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. 

"The investigation has revealed that there was a disturbance at that location," Officer Wheeler said. "This was not a random incident and we believe that it was drug related."

The case remains under investigation and will be presented to the district attorney's office. Anyone with information can call WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

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