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QuikTrip security guard dies from injuries in downtown Wichita shooting, suspect arrested

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 11:00 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update early Friday evening, May 7, 2021: The Wichita Police Department confirmed a man who worked security for QuikTrip has died from his injuries at a local hospital after Wednesday night’s shooting near Murdock and Broadway downtown. The guard, Will Robinson, was 39 years old. Earlier Friday, police arrested a suspect in this case. The arresting charges were attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.

It’s unclear what started the disturbance inside the QuikTrip that led to the shooting, but we do know the suspect, Laroy West, has a lengthy criminal background for crimes like theft and aggravated battery.

Friday afternoon, Eyewitness News spoke with Robinson’s family. They said Robinson was a security guard at QuikTrip for about a year and before that, he was an officer with the Wichita Police Department. He was a husband and father of two children. The family is asking for prayers.

“It’s something we weren’t ready for. I know that it’s difficult on his wife and family. It’s just something you sit back and think back at the jobs we do, and people understand that ‘oh we are security, oh they are just there and they are just collecting a check.’ We are there to make sure everyone stays safe,” said Robinson’s cousin, Terrell Sanders who also works as a security guard.

Robinson’s father, Donnie Robinson, said his son was also a firefighter and worked at the Wichita Children’s Home. He said his son was always a giver and more than his son was “a brother in Christ.”

Wednesday’s shooting wasn’t the first shooting at the QuikTrip near Murdock and Broadway. In 2006, a teen clerk was shot and killed there. Robinson’s family said he loved what he did, protecting others in the community.

“You have to keep hope alive,” Donnie Robinson said. “You hear what I’m saying, and I do keep hope alive.”

QuikTrip released the following statement on Will Robinson’s death.

“On behalf of the QuikTrip family, we wish to express our deepest sympathies, our thoughts and prayers to Will’s family and friends. There are not enough words to capture our sorrow. QuikTrip is absolutely devastated and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Will.”

Update Friday afternoon, May 7, 2021: Family members have identified the victim in Wednesday’s shooting at a downtown QuikTrip as 39-year-old Will Robinson.

Robinson was a security guard at the gas station when he escorted a man out of the store for causing a disturbance. The disturbance continued across the street from the gas station where Robinson was shot.

He is still in critical condition. A GoFundMe was started to help cover costs for Robinson’s family.

“It’s something we weren’t ready for. I know that it’s difficult on his wife and family. It’s just something you sit back and think back at the jobs we do, and people understand that, oh, we are security, oh, they are just there, and they are just collecting a check. We are there to make sure everyone stays safe,” Terrel Sanders, a family member, said.

This isn’t the only shooting that has occurred at the Quik Trip on Broadway. In 2006, a clerk was shot and killed.

41-year-old Laroy West was arrested around midnight Friday on attempted first-degree murder and...
41-year-old Laroy West was arrested around midnight Friday on attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon charges.(Sedgwick County Jail)

Update Friday morning, May 7, 2021: An arrest has been made in connection to a shooting that critically injured a security guard at a Wichita QuikTrip earlier this week.

41-year-old Laroy West was arrested around midnight Friday on attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon charges.

Police said an officer doing a follow-up investigation in the area saw West Thursday and arrested him without incident.

The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office.

Update Thursday, May 6, 2021: The Wichita Police Department asks for the public’s help as it searches for a man identified as a suspect in a Wednesday night shooting near the QuikTrip in the area of Broadway and Murdock downtown.

Police said a disturbance led to the shooting of a 39-year-old armed security guard employed by QuikTrip. This began when the guard encountered a man causing a disturbance inside the store and escorted him out and to the edge of the property. Police said the disturbance continued and ended up across the street from the QuikTrip where the suspect shot the guard. The man identified as the victim in this case remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Police said officers have interviewed multiple witnesses and reviewed surveillance videos as the investigation continues with the effort focused on identifying the man who they believe shot the security guard. At a news briefing, police shared a photo of the suspect, a Black man wearing a blue sweatshirt or jacket and a blue hat and carrying a blue backpack on his back. After the shooting, police said the suspect fled on foot.

If you have any information on the identity or location of the pictured suspect, please call 911. If you have any information on the case, you can call WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407, the See Something Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282, or CrimeStoppers at 316-267-2111.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021: The Wichita Police Department is investigating a Wednesday night shooting downtown. At least one person was injured in the shooting reported a little after 10 p.m. near Broadway and Murdock.

Eyewitness News sent a crew to gather further information. The active scene includes the heavy police response and an area blocked off outside nearby businesses. In this story and on air on Eyewitness News This Morning, we’ll provide updates as soon as police relay details into what happened, the severity of injury to the person shot and whether they’ve made an arrest.

Coverage on Eyewitness News This Morning begins at 4:30 a.m. on KWCH 12.

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