Man arrested in shooting death of 15-year-old at McAdams Park
The Wichita Police Department Thursday evening arrested 18-year-old Malick Garrett, of Wichita, for second-degree murder in Wednesday night's shooting at McAdams Park that killed 15-year-old Marion Wheaton.
Police say their investigation revealed Wheaton and a 16-year-old friend walked to the area of the 1400 block of North Ohio "to meet a group of teenagers to allegedly fight over an ongoing dispute."
As Wheaton and his friends walked in the area, a vehicle approached them. A 15-year-old male and Garrett got out of the vehicle and Garrett fired multiple shots, striking Wheaton, police say.
Police say this was not a random incident and during the investigation, officers recovered multiple handguns.
"The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office," police say.
If anyone has information on the case they can contact WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407, See Something, Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282, or they can submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 316-267-2111.
Wichita police say a teen shot at McAdams Park, near 13th Street North and Interstate 135, on Wednesday has died from his injuries.
During a morning police briefing on Thursday, Capt. Brent Allred identified the teen as 15-year-old Marion Wheaton.
Allred said around 6 p.m., officers were called to the 1400 block of N. Ohio for the report of a shooting. They arrived to find Wheaton. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
Allred said investigators learned Wheaton and two other boys, ages 15 and 16, were walking to meet with a 15-year-old boy and other individuals for a fight that stemmed from an argument over social media.
Allred said, as the teens were walking, a dark-colored SUV approached them and the 15-year-old boy they were going to meet and another person got out of the vehicle, fired several shots, striking Wheaton in the upper body.
Allred said this is not a random incident and investigators are continuing to speak with witnesses specifically those who were in the park at the time playing basketball.
Allred some of the individuals involved in the shooting were documented gang members. He would not say if Wheaton was one or if he was the intended target.
Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call 911, WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407, the See Something, Say Something Hotline at 316-519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
An ambulance rushes a teen to a local hospital in critical condition after a shooting at McAdams Park near 13th Street North and Interstate 135.
The shooting call came in about 6 p.m. Wednesday. On the call police say a group of teens was walking home from playing basketball in the park when the shooting happened.
Police are searching for a dark-colored SUV in connection with the shooting. With the investigation ongoing, police say they expected investigators to remain on scene for several hours.