12-year-old Wichita girl critically injured when man accidentally discharges gun


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police arrested a 23-year-old man following a shooting that left a 12-year-old girl critically injured.

Christian Lehl (courtesy: Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)

It happened Monday at the Magnolia Woods Apartments, 3625 W. 13th Street, shortly before 8 p.m. The girl was rushed to a local hospital in critical but stable condition. 

Police said Christian Lehl was watching his two nieces and nephew between the ages of 10 and 13. Lehl was handling and showing an 18-year-old friend a handgun when it accidentally discharged and struck the 12-year-old girl in the arm and shoulder in an adjoining room.

Police said they arrested Lehl on suspicion of aggravated battery, criminal use of weapons and outstanding warrants.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

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