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Police identify 18-year-old shooting victim found at car wash in SW Wichita

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:56 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has identified 18-year-old Fernando Recio of Wichita as the victim of a homicide that occurred overnight on Monday.

Shortly before midnight on Monday, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of South Meridian for a shooting that was reported at a car wash in that area. Officers found Recio with a single gunshot wound. They began emergency lifesaving measures, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Investigators are working to determine the circumstances of the shooting. Anyone with information to contact detectives at 316-268-4407, the See Something Say Something Hotline at 316-519-2282 or CrimeStoppers at 316-267-2111.

In Wichita, Recio’s death marks the second fatal shooting involving a teen victim in the last 10 days. Some community leaders fear that teen shootign will continue to rise.

“It’s really sad that we see a lot of young people losing their lives. During this time, you’re working with a lot of young people. I just hope, you knowm that it would come to an end. Knowing that we get ready to come into our summertime, I just feel that it’s gonna get even worse,” community activist and youth mentor, David Gilkey said. ”A big factor now that school is about to let out and these kids being cooped up for quite a bit since last March. It is sad that, you know, some of them are gonna find violence is going to be one of the things that’s going to end up taking place.”

An 18-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound at a car wash near Pawnee and Meridian early Tuesday morning.

Wichita Police are investigating the incident after a witness found the teen outside his truck. Lifesaving measures were taken but they later died at a hospital.

Police said they do not know how they were shot, but believe he was behind the car wash when he was shot, drove forward in his truck, and then got out.

Police are viewing surveillance footage from the car wash to investigate and questioning possible witnesses in the area. If you have information to call Crimestoppers at 316-267-2111.

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