Investigators search for clues in shooting that happened on highway

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. -- A highway shooting investigation is keeping Douglas County deputies busy. The investigation on Tuesday shut down a three-mile stretch of southbound 59 Highway, south of Lawrence, between N. 1000 Road, and the north 650 exit.

The highway reopened Tuesday night and with traffic flowing again, and an investigation underway, folks living along the highway turned their attention to finding out what happened. Kenneth Sperling drives on the highway all the time

"I take it to go into town, take it to go out to work,” he said.

Sperling said he was out of town when something not so ordinary took place on that highway. Deputies got a call Monday night about someone being shot while driving along 59 Highway 59. Their investigation would eventually reroute drivers to Old Highway 59.

Now investigators are looking for clues in a shooting they say put a 24-year-old Lawrence resident in the hospital. Folks living along highway say they just want to know what happened.

“I’d like to know more. What caused it. Whether it was local or from out of town, but I'm not concerned," said Margaret Ostronic.

"Probably an isolated case. I don't know if it was close by, neighbors or whatever it was. I don't know, I guess I’ll see it on the news, right?" Sperling said.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office say the 24-year-old victim in this shooting was flown to a hospital in Topeka. No update was given on the victim’s condition, but the person is said to be up and speaking with investigators.

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  • Nik

    I drive this highway everyday. There were no officers to be seen on the highway Tuesday morning(around 4:30), or Tuesday afternoon(around 1:30). If it happened Monday night what took so long to have officers out looking for evidence?