WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said a 31-year-old man has died after a shooting Tuesday morning.
The department identified the victim as Robert Junior of Wichita.
Capt. Brent Allred said police were called around 2:20 a.m. to the 8500 block of Parkmont, near Pawnee and Rock Road.
When they arrived, they found Junior with critical injuries outside of a duplex. He later died at the hospital.
“The victim was located by the neighbor outside of the home next to the driveway,” said Capt. Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department. “We are still at the house trying to determine why it happened and the motive.”
“I just woke my wife and then the policeman rung the doorbell. That is when I got worried that something was going on,” says neighbor Maurice Arbertha “He was real quiet. We did not have any trouble. We never heard anything out of him.”
Those who knew Junior say he was quickly becoming a well known community activist. Shortly after a well-known rapper, Nipsey Hussle, died, Junior put on an event to shed a positive light during a negative time inviting Councilmember Brandon Johnson.
“One thing we wanted to do in the community was bring them all together,” said Junior at the time.
“I hate it. I hate it. Especially when you know it is somebody who has a goal to give back and empower and try to provide those futures and change mindsets, says Councilmember Brandon Johnson. “That was Robert.”
Junior’s death is now sparking a conversation as Johnson took his frustration to social media.
“There is no reason at all,” said Johnson on Facebook. “This young brother, father a son lost his life, another parent has lost their kid. There is no reason a parent should have to bury kids.”
“We need to find a way to stop this violence with guns,” says Johnson.
Police said they don’t believe the shooting was random.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111, detectives at (316) 268-4407, or the See Something Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282.
It is the 32nd homicide of the year in Wichita.