Wichita: Two Children Shot This Week During Gang Feud

Ted Woodward
August 17, 2018 - 12:26 pm

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Two young children have been shot in Wichita this week during drive-by shootings; police detectives believe these cases are connected, and one suspect has been taken into custody as the investigation continues.

The Wichita Police Department has arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a shooting that injured a two-year-old girl Wednesday evening at a playground in the Planeview neighborhood in the 3800 block of E. Ross Parkway; investigators believe this is part of an ongoing gang feud.

The girl was shot in the foot, as a suspect inside a white Chevy Impala fired several rounds into the playground while the vehicle was driving in the wrong lane on Ross Parkway. The 26-year-old father of the girl grabbed the child and ran to a nearby apartment complex, and then took the girl to the emergency room.

After 10:00 p.m. Thursday, officers arrested the suspect during a traffic stop near George Washington Boulevard & Oliver; he was booked him into jail on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.  

On Thursday, Police Chief Chief Gordon Ramsay expressed outrage about the most recent incident, and the lack of cooperation from the parents; he asked for the community’s help in solving the crime.

Tips from the community and follow-up by the WPD Violent Crimes Community Response Team led to the arrest.

Earlier this week, the arrestee and a seven-month-old boy were the victims of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in the 2400 block of N. Chautauqua, near 23rd & Hillside; in that shooting, the baby was wounded by shrapnel.

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