WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said a 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting Tuesday in northeast Wichita. It happened around 9 a.m. near 11th and Ash.
Police identified the suspect as Terry Wallace. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony murder.
On Wednesday, police said two other 18-year-old men arrived at the hospital following the shooting with gunshot wounds. They are currently in stable condition. Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Eurland Green of Wichita.
However, police provided a few details on what led up to shots being fired.
“They had a prearranged meeting to meet at that location, During that meeting, there was an argument that later ensued that resulted in shots being fired,” said Capt. Jason Stephens, Wichita Police Department. “One of the victims was associated with a nearby residence and other individuals arrived from another location to meet him at a vehicle there.”
Police said some of those involved in the shooting were gang members, but they aren’t for sure if the shooting was gang motivated. The shooting wasn’t random.
Neighbors tell KSN News they love the area, but violent crime and shooting have been happening too frequently.
“I’m surprised it happened but not surprised,” said Modie, who lives nearby. “Surprised and not surprised. I’d say it’s a quiet neighborhood. But, I’ve seen some things.”
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the shooting is the third in recent days. On Saturday, 22-year-old Christian Waters was shot and killed on North Volutsia, and on Sunday, 17-year-old Valincio Hill died in a shooting in the 1600 block of South Water.
“Three in a short period of time. Obviously, homicides, gunfire, people getting shot are very concerning to us,” added Chief Ramsay. “In many cases in recent weeks, there has been a gang connection, and I posted yesterday on my Facebook page just the concern about the increase in shootings, and I put on there the different ages where we are seeing people shot. What we are seeing there is often a connection and in many cases, a gang connection to recent shootings.”
According to Chief Ramsay’s post on Facebook of those shot this year:
- 10% have been under 18
- 31% age 18-24
- 49% ages 25-45
- 8% over the age of 45
As of Monday, Chief Ramsay said Wichita has had 108 non-fatal shootings with 33 fatal shootings. The chief said closed courts due to COVID-19, closed schools, and job losses are all fueling issues, the department is facing.
“It has been a difficult year for a lot of people, and I think because there hasn’t been a lot of things going on, little beefs have turned into gun incidents,” said Chief Ramsay.
If you have any information about the shootings, you can call detectives at (316) 268-4407, the See Something Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282, or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.