Police identify victim, looking for leads in city’s first homicide of 2017


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are looking for leads in the city’s first homicide of the year. It happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday in the 1800 block of North Market.

Police said when they arrived, they found a car at a stop sign with two victims with gunshot wounds. The driver was killed, and a passenger was critically wounded.

The driver was identified as 24-year-old Bernadino Ornelas. The 25-year-old passenger was transported to the hospital.

“We believe it appears to have been a targeted incident.” said Lt. Jason Stephens, Wichita Police Department. “There is no reports otherwise indicating that it was a random occurrence.”

Stephens added that both victims have gang affiliations. He said he isn’t for sure if a gang had any involvement.

Police are looking for an orange or red Chevy Avalanche that was leaving the area at the time of the shooting.

“We’re still looking into the possibility that other vehicles could be involved, but that one was certainly seen leaving the area,” added Stephens.

In the hour before the shooting, the two were shopping at a local mall.

Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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