WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Wichita man has been charged with murder, among other charges, stemming from a shooting in Sept. 2021 that killed 16-year-old Azuri Jones.
Kayden Wilson, 18, of Wichita, was charged with first-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm, five counts of aggravated assault, and criminal use of weapons (misdemeanor) on Friday.
The incident happened on Sept. 23, 2021, when a shooting broke out between two cars.
According to the Wichita Police Department, three teenage boys and one teenage girl were in a red Kia in a parking lot in the 1400 block of N Terrance when the girl got into a disturbance with another teenage boy who was outside of the vehicle.
During the disturbance, four of the girl’s friends, including Jones, pulled up in a white Honda. The girl got out of the Kia and into the Honda. The disturbance continued, so the Honda left. That’s when the Kia began chasing the Honda.
In the area of E 15th St N and Kenmar St, one of the boys began shooting at the Honda, ultimately striking Jones in the back seat. The Honda immediately drove to the hospital. Jones later died from her wounds. No one else was injured.
Police were dispatched to the area of E 15th St N and N Belmont Ave, near the Wichita State University campus, where witnesses reported two vehicles chasing each other and hearing gunshots. Witnesses provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle and claim they fled on foot.
Officers located and arrested the three suspects near E 17th St N and N Hillside Ave.
The Kia was located unoccupied in the area of Vesta Dr and N Fountain St. It was later found to have been reported stolen.