Police identify suspect in deadly shooting outside Wichita motel

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Tyrone Adams (Kansas Dept. of Corrections - Nov. 2019) Tyrone Adams (Kansas Dept. of Corrections - Nov. 2019)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 34-year-old man outside a Wichita motel. 

Jail records show 40-year-old Tyrone Adams was booked just after noon Tuesday for first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.

Officers responded at around 11:45 p.m. Monday to a shooting at the Countryside Inn at 803 South Broadway. They arrived to find the victim Ford F-250. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said a review of surveillance footage found the suspect approached the victim who was in the vehicle, fired one shot and ran to another motel north of the scene. Adams was later arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment of a medical condition before he was booked into jail.

Investigators say the shooting was not random, but they don't believe the shooting was drug related.

Police have not identified the victim, but Capt. Brent Allred said he was from Colorado and was in town for work with a pipeline company. He was staying at another motel. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Adams has previous convictions of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated battery criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated weapons violation and drug possession. He's served numerous stints in prison since 1998 and was last released on November 8.

The shooting comes just over two weeks after a 55-year-old man shot and killed outside of the same motel. More on that story here

Monday night's shooting was Wichita's 33rd criminal homicide of 2019. There have been 40 total homicides in the city this year. 

Capt. Allred said there were 35 criminal homicides and 44 total homicides in 2018. 

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