Parolee charged in drive-by shooting that injured 11-year-old Wichita girl
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Wichita man in connection to a drive-by shooting that injured an 11-year-old girl.
Byron Purcell was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery, criminal discharge of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon. He remains jailed on $250,000 bond.
Purcell was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail last Thursday. His next court date was scheduled for November 1.
Officers responded at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 12 to a shooting in the 1400 block of North Harding, near 13th and Oliver, and located a home that had been struck. Inside, they found a girl who was lying in bed and had been shot.
The child was transported to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Four other people were in the home but none were hurt.
"Any time you see children hurt in violent incidents like this, it is concerning," Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said. "We continue our thought and prayers for the family that was involved in this tragic incident."
Purcell's arrest came the day after the Wichita Police Department offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Chief Ramsay said the department received help from the community to locate Purcell, who was arrested in the 1700 block of North Harding.
Ramsay said it is believed Purcell was targeting someone in the home.
According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Purcell is on parole for Sedgwick County convictions on three counts of aggravated robbery. He was sentenced in July 2017 and paroled in June 2021.