Wichita police arrest 2 teens for drive-by shooting that injured boy

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say they've arrested two teenage gang members after a drive-by shooting that injured an 11-year-old boy. 

Officers responded at around 8:30 p.m. Monday to a shooting near 27th Street and North Arkansas. Officer Kevin Wheeler said the home was struck multiple times by gunfire, and the boy was injured by glass debris.

Capt. Brent Allred said that a community member provided information on the suspect vehicle, and officers located and stopped it Tuesday night. 

A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and booked into juvenile detention. 

The 17-year-old was booked for possession of a firearm by a juvenile, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm. 

The 16-year-old was booked for possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm. 

Capt. Allred said officers also recovered two stolen firearms:  one taken from a vehicle in Topeka and another taken from a vehicle in Wichita in 2015. 

Allred said the teens possibly targeted the wrong house. Investigators don't believe the shooting was gang-related, but the teens are both documented gang members. 


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Wichita police are searching for suspects in two shootings that injured children within the last week near 25th and Arkansas. 

Monday night, an 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries in a drive-by shooting in north Wichita.

Officers responded at around 8:30 p.m. Monday to a shooting in the 300 block of West 27th Street Court, east of 27th Street and North Arkansas.

Officer Kevin Wheeler said the home was struck multiple times by gunfire. 

Wheeler said the 11-year-old boy was injured by glass debris. Four others in the home, a 40-year-old woman and three children, ages 15, 13 and 7, were not hurt. 

The suspect vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan.

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


Last Wednesday around 10:25 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen while inside his home with his siblings. The shooting happened by 25th and Burns Street, not far from 25th Street and North Arkansas. 

The mother with six children tells KAKE News that the shooting was "scary" and "unexpected" because they are a family that "keeps to the themselves."

Police are also still searching for suspects in that shooting.

Those who work to improve neighborhoods, especially on the north parts of Wichita, encourage neighbors to report suspicious activities.

"In order for things to change, we have to quit turning blind eyes. We have to speak up when we see something. If we see something, report it. Quit waiting on the next person to do so. If we don't, then the kids are going to be the ones that suffer. Stray bullets have no names," said Angel Martinez, founder and president of Love Your Community.

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