Wichita police continue search for suspect in deadly shooting at nightclub

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 3:44 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Nearly 24 hours after the deadly shooting at Enigma Club & Lounge in downtown Wichita, police continue working to find the suspect identified as Keshawn Maurice Dawson. Police say Dawson shot through glass doors into the nightclub multiple times at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Eyewitness News spoke with people who were in the area when the shooting happened. They say they are still trying to process everything that happened.

“large group of people running around, getting in their cars, screaming, ‘they’re shooting, they’re shooting,’” witness Brandon Banechaute said. “I saw someone wipe blood from their head.”

The destruction inside of the Enigma nightclub also paints a terrifying picture: tables and barstools knocked over from people trying to get to safety and shattered glass from the bullets that injured five and killed 34-year-old Preston Spencer. Friends said Spencer was with his pregnant cousin, and shielded her from the gunfire.

Enigma owner Ali Kibar said his thoughts and prayers are with Spencer’s family and friends.

“You’re dancing and then you’re planning to leave, and then all of a sudden you’re running away, scared for your life. Because again, somebody who was nicely escorted out came and shot up the place,” Kibar said.

Police said Dawson was kicked out of the club after some type of disturbance on the dance floor. Minutes later, they say he shot into the club multiple times from the outside.

Wichita Police said they are looking for Keshawn Maurice Dawson as a suspect in the shooting at Enigma Night Club.

Dawson is wanted on two felony warrants in Sedgwick County and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Police said Dawson used a semi-automatic handgun.

Wichita Police said they are looking for Keshawn Maurice Dawson as a suspect in the shooting at...
Wichita Police said they are looking for Keshawn Maurice Dawson as a suspect in the shooting at Enigma Night Club.(Courtesy of Wichita Police)

Police said Dawson left in a dark-colored vehicle that someone else was driving.

Police said those who know of his whereabouts or have any information to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

Wichita Police have identified a 34-year-old man as the victim of a shooting at Enigma Club & Lounge early Tuesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Preston Spencer from Wichita.

Wichita Police originally said along with the death of Spencer, seven people were injured, but in a release later Tuesday morning, they said only five women were injured.

Wichita Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting and ask those with information to call WPD detectives at 316-268-4646 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Police will provide more information later Tuesday.

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Wichita Police say one person is dead and seven others are hurt following a shooting in downtown Wichita early Tuesday morning.

Police said the suspect got into some kind of fight at Enigma Club & Lounge in the 300 block of North Mosley and left the club before returning around 12:30 a.m. and shooting from outside into the club.

A 30-year-old man was killed, two others received life-threatening injuries and three were taken to hospitals with serious injuries. Another two received minor injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooter. He’s described as a man in his 20s around 5′9″. Police are still working to get a vehicle description.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Wichita Police or Crimestoppers at (316) 267-2111.

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