Wichita police arrest suspect in teen's shooting death

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Eduardo Gallardo (left) and Ramiro Valdez Eduardo Gallardo (left) and Ramiro Valdez

Wichita police say they have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy.

Jail records show Eduardo Gallardo was being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder. 

The shooting happened just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of East Central, near Washington. Officer Charley Davidson said 17-year-old Ramiro Valdez was driving a blue pickup when a black pickup, allegedly driven by Gallardo, began following him. 

Someone inside the black pickup fired a rifle multiple times, striking Valdez. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. 

Two other teens in Valdez's pickup were not hurt. 

Capt. Brent Allred said the shooting was not random and was "in reference to an ongoing gang feud."

"We know that the majority of the people involved in this incident, which there's multiple, most of them are either documented gang members or associates to gang members or have ties to gang members. We know that there's gang members in the vehicle, documented gang members that fired at the victim's vehicle," Capt. Allred said. 

Family of the victim dispute that Valdez was a gang member.

""My son has never been in any trouble or ever been labeled as a gang member. He doesn't even have friends that are gang members," said Angela Ceballos, mother.

The victim's mother added, "Miro had a lot of hopes and dreams. He had a whole life ahead of him. He's not going to graduate. He's not going to get married. He's not going to have kids."

Valdez turned 17 last month and was expected to begin his senior year at Wichita North High School next week.

Allred said more arrests are expected.

Sunday's shooting was Wichita's 17th criminal homicide of 2019.

Anyone with more information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407.

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A teenager is critically hurt in a shooting early Sunday morning north of Old Town.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, three juveniles were driving a truck near Central and Washington. They noticed a vehicle following them, and the suspect in the vehicle shot at the truck.

The teenage driver was hit and has life-threatening injuries, said Wichita Police Captain Wendell Nicholson. The homicide unit was called to the scene, based on the significant injuries of the victim.

The juveniles do not know the shooter.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Wichita Police or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.