WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita police say a 54-year-old man who died at Fairmount Park Thursday morning likely died after a medical emergency and had not been shot.

A person called 911 at around 7 a.m. to report finding an injured man who they believe had sustained a gunshot wound at the park.

"Responding swiftly, Wichita Police, Wichita State Police, Wichita Fire, and Sedgwick County EMS arrived at the scene and discovered (the man) lying on the northeast corner of 15th and Vassar in Fairmount Park. Mr. Dukes had an injury and was pronounced deceased on-site by Sedgwick County EMS," Lt. Aaron Moses said in a release.

It was determined after the incident that Dukes did not die of a gunshot wound.

"Presently, (the man's) passing is believed to have resulted from a medical emergency," Lt. Moses said. "The Wichita Police Department diligently examines every unattended death within the City of Wichita in conjunction with the Sedgwick County Coroner’s office. Each case undergoes thorough scrutiny to ascertain the cause of death and the presence of any suspicious circumstances." 


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One person has been killed in shooting in northeast Wichita Thursday morning.

Officers responded at around 7 a.m. to the report of a shooting at 16th Street North and Yale, on the edge of Fairmount Park.

"When officers arrived, they found a Black male with a gunshot wound," Lt. Aaron Moses said at the scene. "That male was pronounced deceased on scene by Sedgwick County EMS."

Lt. Moses and Police Chief Joe Sullivan said homicide investigators were on scene working to determine what happened. 

"Obviously, this is a very traumatic way for this community to begin its day. We are committed to determining what occurred here," Chief Sullivan said. 

No arrests announced, but Moses said WPD has no reason to believe people are unsafe. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.