Suspect calls KAKE after allegedly shooting 2 people in downtown Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have identified the 45-year-old man accused of shooting two people downtown on Sunday. 

Capt. Brent Allred said Dexter Solomon was being held for two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. 

Officers responded at around 8 a.m. Sunday to the area of Broadway and Lewis after a witness called 911 to report seeing two shooting victims. A 50-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the legs and arms, and a 33-year-old woman had been shot in the back.

As officers were investigating, Solomon called 911, family members and KAKE-TV, saying he'd shot two people and that the victims were working for what he believed was the cartel. '

Officers located Solomon in the 900 block of South Market and took him into custody without incident.

"Solomon was experiencing what we believe to be a mental health crisis possibly induced by narcotics," Allred said. 

The 33-year-old woman remains in extremely critical condition, and the 50-year-old man's injuries were not life-threatening. Allred said they had been walking along Broadway when they were shot.

Allred said investigators believe the victims and suspect are homeless. The male victim told police he did not know the other victim. Police are working to determine if the suspect knew either of them. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Solomon has a prior conviction of attempted aggravated robbery from 2011.


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Two people remain in critical condition at a Wichita hospital after a morning shooting downtown.  Wichita police say they've booked a suspect on two attempted murder charges for the shootings.

Around the same time police were responding to calls for help at Lewis and Broadway, KAKE News got a call from a man saying he'd just shot two people.

"I'm sorry that I...I shot those people," the caller told the KAKE News operator.  "It wasn't my... I mean I never wanted to hurt anybody like that."

The caller told our operator he felt like he had to defend himself against drug dealers working for a cartel and trying to hurt him.  He was at times difficult to understand.

"They had intentions of hurting me first," he said.  "I did not just go out and shoot two random people."

He spoke with our operator for about 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, someone else was reporting a shooting downtown.

"A person who was riding his bicycle down the street discovered two people who had been shot," Wichita Police Capt. Wendell Nicholson said. "They were lying on the sidewalk." Officers responded to the 911 call at Lewis and Broadway at around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police said a man and a woman had been walking down the street, when someone approached them and fired several shots. The woman was struck several times, and she was taken to a hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The man was also taken to a hospital in critical condition, and his injuries were not life-threatening. Both were taken to surgery Sunday morning.

Captain Nicholson said the suspected shooter called 911 and the media, and he was taken into custody south of Kellogg. He was talking to investigators, who believe a mental crisis led up to the shooting. Nicholson said the shooting is not believed to be gang-related, but it was not clear if the shooting was random.

"We can't say as to whether or not he actually knew these people or not," Capt. Nicholson said. "We believe that this individual who did the shooting was having some sort of mental crisis."

Detectives found "several" shell casings on the ground and were still trying to find the handgun used in the shooting.

"There is no threat to the public," Capt. Nicholson said. "The person who did the shooting, who we believe did the shooting, is in custody."

According to jail records, a man booked on two charges of attempted murder Sunday has the same name as the name the caller left with KAKE News Sunday morning.

This is a developing story. We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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