Man fatally shot outside Garden City restaurant

(Source: Ernie Ortiz/Facebook)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP/KWCH) 5:15 p.m.

Eyewitness News Friday afternoon met with Ernest Ortiz's younger brother. Ortiz died from injuries in a Thursday-night shooting.

His family and people in Garden City remember the man who went by "Ernie" as a leader in the community. His brother says he still needs to process what happened,

He says Ernie was loved by everyone who knew him and he can't imagine anyone would intentionally set out to harm him. Ernie's brother hopes someone who knows something that could lead police to an arrest in this case will come forward.

Garden City police say their preliminary investigation leads them to believe the deadly shooting happened during a robbery and they ask anyone with information on what happened to Ernest Ortiz to come forward.

No suspects are in custody. Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call the Garden City Police Department at (620) 276-1300 or Crime Stoppers at 620-275-7807.

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11 a.m.

A man is dead after being shot outside a Garden City restaurant Thursday night.

Officers responded just before 11 p.m. for a report of a person down at the El Conquistador near Buffalo Jones Avenue and Bancroft Street.

When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the east parking lot entrance with gunshot wounds. He was taken to St. Catherine Hospital where he later died.

Police identified the victim as 69-year-old Ernest Ortiz of Garden City.

"The preliminary investigation has revealed that this could be a possible robbery," said Captain Randy Ralston.

No suspects are in custody. Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call the Garden City Police Department at (620) 276-1300.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting outside a western Kansas restaurant.

Police responded around 11 p.m. Thursday to a report that the victim was lying on the ground at the El Conquistador restaurant in Garden City. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police aren't immediately releasing the victim's name, pending notification of relatives.

Police say no suspects are in custody.

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9/13/2019 8:05:50 AM (GMT -5:00)