Funeral scheduled for woman killed in weekend shooting
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 09:31:51 PM CDT
Updated: A funeral will be held on Monday at Noon for the 23-year-old woman killed in a weekend shooting. Kelsey Shaw's funeral will be at the Greater New Testament Baptist Church located at 1833 N. Hydraulic Street.
Wichita Police are asking for help locating a suspect wanted in connection to a weekend shooting death.
It happened at Phat Azz Bikes, 1000 block of North Cleveland, around 3 a.m. Sunday. Emergency crews found 23-year-old Kelsey Shaw suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Police said Shaw was waiting in line to get into the club when someone fired shots from the street. She was hit in the back of the head. Police have few witnesses because they were distracted by an ongoing disturbance with two people who had just been thrown out of the club.
Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita Police, said Shaw was an innocent victim. This is the 5th homicide of 2014.
Anyone with information in the crime is asked to leave a tip with Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
It's a club neighbors say they've complained about since it opened.
"I was woken up about 3:00 am with gunshots," said John Radig. "Just woke me up out of my sleep. I immediately called 911."
Radig says the bike club down the block from his home has been a growing problem since it moved into the neighborhood last year.
"Ever since they moved in it's just been hell for us neighbors around here," said Radig.
He says it's the crowds of people who come to the club after bars have closed for the night that cause the problems.
"You know, we're working people. We're trying to sleep at night," said Radig. "It's just kind of gotten out of hand."
He says it's also what they leave behind when they go.
"We found condom wrappers out in our front yard, out in the street.... Trash thrown up and down the street," said Radig. "There's people parked out here, urinating out on the street. I've been threatened."
Now, there's been a murder. Radig was one of those who heard the shots and called 911 Sunday night. Again
"We've stressed our concerns about it to certain people and it's just that we didn't get no response," said Janet Radig, president of the neighborhood association.
The Radigs say they've been trying to get the bike club out of their neighborhood but haven't had much success. They've called police, contacted city leaders, even talked with the owners of the club.
"We've had a conversation with them," said Janet Radig. "But nothing's gotten done about it."
They hope that will change, now.
"I just hope we get the attention of the city leaders of Wichita and do something," she said.
While neighbors complained to about the club, Kelsey Shaw's family is thanking members.
They began gathering outside the clubhouse shortly before 5:00 pm Monday night. Several had spent the day with Shaw's family and were still very emotional and upset that they couldn't save her.
"Our club does everything that it can for this neighborhood," said Phat Azz Bike Club president Reggie McDaniel. "We've never had an altercation. We police this neighborhood. Anybody can come to us in need of things. Like, we're going to help this family to raise money to bury her."
Shaw's family says the members of the club have been out to their home with food and offers of help several times since her death.
"We don't fault them. We don't," said Shaw's aunt, Tammy Parker. "We don't. Cause you can't control what's going on outside. She could've been walking out her front door and somebody doing a drive-by could've shot her."
Shaw's family says they have forgiven whoever shot her and hopes that person will just turn him or herself in so justice can be served.
"That's between him and God. He got to make that right," said Parker. "We just want everybody to continue to pray for the family ... because we're going to make it through because we got God on our side."
The club is planning a fish fry for Tuesday night to raise money to help pay for Shaw's funeral. There will also be a candlelight vigil for her.
A 23 year-old woman has died after a shooting Sunday morning.
It happened around 3 a.m. at a private club in the 1000 block of N. Cleveland, Phat Azz Bikes. Officers were called to check shots fired.
Officers found an unresponsive female in front of the club with a gunshot wound to the head. Fire and EMS tried to revive her. She was transported to St. Francis Hospital where she later died.
Eyewitnesses were taken the police station to be interviewed. Homicide detectives are investigating and plan to be on the scene through Sunday morning.
Neighbors told eyewitness news this shooting didn't surprise them.
"You always hear noises, gunshots, the music is way too loud, people be talking," said Tracel Ramon Smallwood. "It's nonsense you know. We really want it to stop. Stop all the shootings."
His brother Antwon was coming home from work around 3 a.m. when he saw police cars, ambulance and other personnel blocking off the area.
"It doesn't even surprise me and that's crazy," he said. "They have a party like every single weekend at 3 o'clock in the morning."
Police are still investigating the homicide and have no suspects at this time.