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New Years morning shootings

Published On: Jan 01 2014 03:05:02 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 01 2014 02:55:32 PM CST
Wichita police block 17th and Estelle.

Wichita Police are busy on New Years morning investigating two separate shooting scenes.

In the 1700 Block of N. Estelle around 1:30 a.m. police were responding to a disturbance when they heard five rounds fired in their direction.

"They heard the shots that were ricocheting off the trees above them," said Sgt. Jeff Davis, from the Wichita Police Department.  "A couple of the officers said they heard the shots go by their heads."

Police say the suspect(s) is unknown and they aren't sure if the shooting was intentional or just in celebration of the New Year, but either way it's dangerous.

"People don't understand that we have a lot of shots fired calls on New Years Eve, but what they don't understand is those shots that are fired up have to come back down," said David. "We've had at least two or three that I know of that have been injured from the shots falling out of the sky."

They recovered shell casings from the scene. Davis said when they have a suspect, that person could be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, a felony offense.

Neighbors in the area said it was not the way they wanted to end New Years.

"Me and the grand kids was in the bedroom and we heard the gunshots go off and I told them all to get to the floor," said Roberta Smith, whose house was right next to the action. "So we laid on the floor. I went to look out the door and police told me, 'Ma'am please go back into the house.' The was all over there next door and by the tree."

One of her grandson's described it like something from a movie.

"It was a crazy experience," said Dereck Smith. "We were just in the house chilling, grateful to bring in the New Year with our relative that were here and my nieces and we heard gun shots. There were lots of kids so we covered them up and told them to get on the floor."

Another neighbor said she didn't think much of the gunfire because of the New Years celebrations going on around town, but called police when she heard men whispering outside her bedroom window. She learned that it was law enforcement searching the area.

"I did look out the window and did notice there were lots of police cars and individuals completely blacked out with flashlights looking for someone in the neighborhood," said Roxanna Maxwell. "I'm a single woman and I have children in the home, so I'd hate to be put in the position to have to defend myself."

Wichita Police say the suspect or suspects in the case are unknown at this time and are asking for the public's help providing information that may lead to an arrest or questioning.

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In the 2400 Block of N Minnesota around 1:45 a.m. a drive-by shooting occured. The suspect fired shots from a vehicle hitting several homes. A 17-year-old was shot in the right leg and taken to Wesley by a private vehicle. He has since been treated and released. Police collected shell casings on scene. No arrest has been made.

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In the 2500 block of E. Pawnee at about 2:30 a.m. a woman called 911 to report an accidental shooting. She said she was touching someone else's gun and it went off, hitting her boyfriend in the neck. Her boyfriend was rushed to Wesley in critical condition. The case remains under investigation by police. No charges have been filed at this time.

We'll continue to follow these stories throughout the day.

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