Police arrest man in connection with north Market shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Wichita police have arrested one man in connection with the city's first homicide of the year.

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Officers arrested 24-year-old Joseph Moncada and booked him into the Sedgwick County jail for first-degree murder, aggravated battery, criminal discharge of a firearm at a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

The case remains open while investigators work to determine if other suspects are involved.
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Update: Wichita police have released the name of the man killed in a shooting on north Market on Monday.

Lt. Jason Stephens, with the Wichita Police Department, said 24-year-old Bernadino Ornelas was shot several times while the vehicle he was in was stopped at the corner of 18th and Market. He died on the scene.

His cousin, 25-year-old Andrew Ornelas, is being treated in a Wichita hospital for a gunshot wound.

Stephens said police do not have suspect descriptions, but they are looking for an orange or red Chevy Avalanche that was seen leaving northbound on Market. Other vehicles may also be involved.

Stephens said at this time, the shooting appears to have been a targeted incident.

Both victims have gang affiliations, but it is unknown if the shooting is gang-related.

Ornelas' death marks the first homicide of 2017.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
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Police responded the scene of a deadly shooting in north Wichita Monday afternoon.

A call of the shooting came out just before 4 p.m. near 18th and Market.

Wichita police say two vehicles were pulled up next to one another at a stop sign when shots were fired.

Two people were hurt. One died from their injuries. The other person is in critical condition.

Police are searching for the shooting suspect, but they do not believe that there is an immediate threat to residents in the area. Even so, one person who lives nearby says he's scared for his safety.

"it's scary for us who... It used to be a nice, peaceful neighborhood, and now it's changed," says Tim Roche who lives near where Monday's shooting happened.

Roche has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, but he says he's only recently feared for his life.

"I would say in the last 10 years, the shootings around here have escalated 100 fold since we've lived here," Roche says.

Roche says moving is on his mind after the violence, even though police say there is no immediate danger to the neighborhood after the latest incident.


Photo courtesy Greg Newby
Photo courtesy Greg Newby
Photo courtesy Greg Newby
Photo courtesy Greg Newby