Police: Wichita homeowner shoots woman, possible squatter during burglary

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Wichita Police Department released more details about a shooting that occurred during a burglary on Tuesday.

It happened around 4 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of S. Garst.

Officers say the property owner went to check on the home because it had been burglarized several times over the last couple of months.

He entered the residence and found a woman and three men inside. The four ran out the front door, and the homeowner fired one shot from his handgun, striking the 50-year-old woman.

Police say the woman left in a 2012 white Ford Focus, and the men ran away.

Police believe at some point the men got back into the Ford Focus with the woman, then fled in the 900 block of South Seneca. That's where officers located the woman. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. As of Wednesday morning, she remained hospitalized.

Investigators have not had the chance to interview the woman because of her injuries. They say they're still looking for the three men, and the property owner, who is cooperating with the investigation. He is the one who called 911.

Police say no one was currently living at the home at the time of the suspected burglary and shooting. It is up for sale. Officers say the home is not in good condition, and they believe the four people burglarizing the home may have been squatters.

Investigators are working to see if there are any connections to the people inside the home and other burglaries. They're still trying to determine if the woman was shot inside our outside of the house.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A 50-year-old woman suffers serious, but non life-threatening injuries in a shooting reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of South Garst (southwest of Maple and Interstate 235) in west Wichita.

Police say a man arrived home to find his house being burglarized. He fired a shot, hitting the woman. An ambulance took her to a Wichita hospital.

Police are searching for other suspects reported to have been in the home.