Wichita police investigating 2 early-morning deadly shootings on New Year’s Day

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 10:30 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita Police Department is investigating two deadly shootings that happened within the first few hours on New Year’s Day. The first was reported a little after midnight on South Ida. The second was reported at about 4 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Bullinger. Police are investigating both shootings as criminal homicides.

At about 12:05 a.m. Friday (Jan. 1), WPD officers responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of South Ida. Someone made an emergency call, reporting that they heard shots and saw a man lying on the sidewalk.

“Upon officers’ arriving, they located 22-year-old (Campos-Torres), who had been shot. He was pronounced deceased on the scene,” police said. The WPD arrested 18-year-old Noah Martin, of Wichita on a charge of second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm. They also arrested a 16-year-old on a charge of second-degree murder.

Through the investigation, police located an additional crime scene at a home in the 1200 block of South Laura where, they said, Campos-Torres was shot.

“Investigators also learned of Martin and the 16-year-old’s involvement in the shooting,” police said. “They were located at the home on Laura and arrested. Officers also recovered firearms inside of the home.”

Police said the southeast Wichita shooting that killed Campos-Torres “was not a ranom incident.”

The second deadly shooting was reported at about 4 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Bullinger, in north Wichita. Police said 26-year-old Nicholas Sims, of Wichita died from his injuries. Police have not made an arrest in this case.

“The investigation revealed a party was taking place at (a) home with at least 50 individuals,” police said. “During the party, an argument ensued between Sims and a suspect inside the home. The argument moved to outside thehome, where Sims was shot by the suspect.”

Police said Sims died at the scene. As with the deadly shooting reported about four hours earlier, they said “this was not a random incident.”

Anyone with additional information in either case can call WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407, the See Something Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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