Wichita police make arrest, identify victim in deadly shooting

Crime

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police made an arrest in a deadly shooting Sunday. It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 900 block of E. Central.

Officers say when they arrived to the scene they found 17-year-old Ramiro Valdez, Jr. with gunshot wounds in a Chevy Silverado that he was driving. Valdez was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. There were two other teens in the truck. They were not hurt.

Eduardo Gallardo (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Sheriff)

Police say their investigation revealed the blue Chevy Silverado was going east on Central and was followed by a black pickup truck. A suspect from the black truck fired multiple times hitting Valdez.

Police arrested the driver of the truck, 18-year-old Eduardo Gallardo of Wichita, on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Police said the shooting was not random and is an ongoing gang feud. More arrests are expected.

“Some of the individuals involved in that have been involved in other crimes,” said Capt. Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department. “Serious crimes over the last couple of years involving these two gangs. We know that the majority of the people involved in this incident are either documented gang members or associated to gang members or have ties to gang members.”

If anyone had additional information, they can call detectives at (316) 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

CORRECTION: WICHITA POLICE DID NOT CORRECTLY IDENTIFY THE VICTIM IN THE SHOOTING. KSN NEWS HAS CONFIRMED THE VICTIM IS RAMIRO VALDEZ, JR.

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