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Police say 13-year-old victim of Monday night shooting has died

Wichita police responded to the 4300 block of South Benita Monday night, Nov. 29, where a...
Wichita police responded to the 4300 block of South Benita Monday night, Nov. 29, where a 13-year-old was injured in an accidental shooting.(KWCH)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 8:03 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The family of 13-year-old Waylon Treat shared a GoFundMe page to help pay for the teen’s funeral expenses.

“This is such a shock and a sudden loss and it’s just so much for any parent to have to go through. It’s so devastating. Our hearts hurt for them,” the page says.

Update Nov. 30: During a news briefing Tuesday afternoon, police said the 13-year-old victim of Monday night’s shooting, identified as Waylon Treat, has died.

Police responded to the scene at the 4300 block of S. Bernita and found Waylon with a single gunshot would. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition and later died.

Police said a 16-year-old family member brought a handgun home, and both he and Waylon were handling the gun inside the home. Adults were home but, police say, were unaware that the gun was in the house.

Police said that at some point during the handling of the gun, it fired, striking Waylon. Police said they believe the shooting to be an accident, but they are still investigating.

The Wichita Police Department confirmed a 13-year-old was taken to a local hospital in critical condition following what investigators believe was an accidental shooting a home in southwest Wichita. Police responded to the call at about 6:15 p.m. Monday at a home in the 4300 block of South Bernita, near MacArthur and Seneca.

Wichita Police Sgt. Clayton Schuler said while it didn’t appear that there was any foul play on the call, investigators expected to remain on scene through late Monday night as they worked to piece together exactly what led up to the shooting.

While police didn’t disclose the extent of the 13-year-old’s injuries, Schuler confirmed the teen’s condition as critical. Police likely will provide further information Tuesday morning at its daily briefing. Stick with us for updates once we’re able to confirm further details.

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