‘I heard over 30 gun shots’ neighbors react to weekend brawl

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Wichita police are ramping up patrol in a northeast Wichita neighborhood after a shooting injured four people.

“Allocating resources and working with stakeholders to identify those responsible and involved to insure they are held accountable,” said officer Charley Davidson at a press conference Monday morning.

Officers got the call around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday that shots had been fired on the 1400 block of Harding. After hours of questioning neighbors and accessing the crime scene, officers told KSN it was a gang-related incident.

“A car approaches a specific house and between the car and the home, multiple shots were fired,” said officer Jamie Crouch. “Shots just started ringing, they came up to a specific location to engage in a physical altercation.” 

At the time of the incident, several people were outside, including Arthur Mitchell, who says he was working on his car next door.

“A couple cars pulled up,” explained Mitchell. “I was watching as guys ran to their cars, came back and started shooting, in broad daylight with a neighborhood full of people.”

Mitchel told KSN he ran to the back of his home to avoid being shot. Within hours the police handcuffed him and took him to the station for several hours of questioning.

“I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Mitchell. 

Mitchell has since been released, but WPD encourages the community to help identify the actual shooters adding that their investigation has been hampered by minimal cooperation. 

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.

This story has been updated to reflect corrections from the Wichita Police Department regarding the department’s questioning of individuals in the neighborhood. 

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