Second arrest made in playground shooting that left 2-year-old hurt

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Monday, August 20, 2018
Wichita Police have made a second arrest in a shooting that left a two-year-old hurt.

That shooting happened last Wednesday at a playground in the 3800 block of E. Ross Parkway.

The little girl was struck in the foot. Her 26-year-old father grabbed her, and eventually took her to the hospital.

Police arrested an 18-year-old in connection with the case on Friday, and another 18-year-old over the weekend.

The second suspect is identified as Tyrin Powell.

Police believe the shooting is connected with another shooting that happened the day before. That shooting left a 7-month-old child with minor injuries.

No arrests have been made in that case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Update: Friday, August 17, 2018

Police arrest an 18-year-old man in connection with a shooting that injured a two-year-old girl at a south Wichita playground.

According to the online jail records, Kerry Grant was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail around 10 p.m. on Thursday on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

Police say Grant's arrest is connected with another shooting from earlier in the week in which his seven-month-old son was injured by shrapnel during a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in the 2400 block of N. Chautauqua.

READ MORE: 7-month-old baby, older man injured in NE Wichita shooting

Anyone with more information about either incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407.

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Update: Thursday, August 16, 2018

A two-year-old girl is recovering after being shot while playing on a south Wichita playground. Wichita police say her parents refuse to cooperate with them and Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said he's outraged by their refusal to assist in the investigation.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the 3800 block of East Ross Park Way in the Planeview neighborhood.

Police say an unknown suspect inside a white Chevy Impala fired several rounds onto the playground which is located in between two south Wichita apartment buildings. The suspect was driving in the wrong lane on Ross Park Way.

Police say the girl and three others children ages 8 to 16 were on the playground when the shots were fired.

Investigators say the girl's 26-year-old father grabbed her and ran to a nearby apartment complex, then took the girl to the hospital. She was eventually treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

A woman who lives in the neighborhood, but didn't want to be identified by name, said she was in her apartment with her son when she heard the shots then took cover.

"It was a lot of shooting and it scared me and my son. I'm concerned for my safety and I want them to consider putting in some gate around here so people won't have to go through that," said the woman.

Investigators determined the shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between two street gangs, but police the say girl's parents refuse to cooperate.

“This is very concerning to us,” Ramsay said. “We have added additional resources to respond to these violent crimes. We need the help of witnesses and the community. Police are only part of the solution. Our officers will continue to work with community leaders with the See Something, Say Something initiative.”

The woman said she didn't want to be identified because she's afraid the shooter might come back.

"It's too close for comfort. If someone comes back shooting, one of us could get shot because we are all connected."

Ramsay said Wichita police will utilize every resource to solve the crime and address the ongoing gang violence including engaging the Violent Crime Taskforce.

He said police are also reaching out to partnering law enforcement agencies for assistance through the agencies with the Project Safe Neighborhood’s initiative.

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Wednesday, August 15, 20108

For the second time in a week, a child has been injured in a shooting in Wichita.

READ MORE: 7-month-old baby, older man injured in NE Wichita shooting

Wednesday night, it happened in the Planeview neighborhood near Ross Parkway and Roosevelt, near Hillside and Pawnee.

Wichita police say around 8:30 p.m. two children were on the playground at an apartment complex when a vehicle driving in the wrong direction started shooting.

Eyewitnesses tell police two people were in the vehicle.

One of the children was somehow hurt and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

Police say the intended target is unknown. No arrests have been made.