Archive for Friday, July 11, 2008

Police searching for shooting suspect in Tonganoxie

July 11, 2008, 7:39 p.m.

Updated: July 12, 2008, 2:15 p.m.

Tonganoxie shooting

According to Tonganoxie police dispatch the suspect in a Friday evening shooting has not been apprehended, but the search continues.

Additional information will not be released until Monday, according to police.

According to Mike Vestal, who works for the police department and also is Tonganoxie's mayor, a man entered his stepfather's residence in the 1300 block of Raintree Drive about 5:50 p.m. Friday, where he encountered an unknown man. Vestal said the intruder shot the victim in the shoulder.

The suspect fled on foot westbound through woods toward U.S. Highway 24-40, said Tonganoxie Police Lt. Billy Adcox.

Adcox said police were searching for a black man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, who was wearing a white T-shirt.

The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was treated and released Friday evening.

Basehor police, Leavenworth County officers and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers assisted in the search. Search dogs were used but reportedly lost the scent of the suspect near the highway. Adcox said police reduced their search from a three-mile radius to a one-mile radius around the residence by 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Tonganoxie police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Tonganoxie police at 913-369-3754.

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