LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In Lawrence police say a recent weekend shooting escalated out of gang activity within the city. Police say the confrontation started last Saturday night between two rival gang members outside a downtown bar.
They met again at an after-party at The Grove apartments and, according to police, a Lawrence gang member fired a gun several times. He wounded an 18-year-old gang member visiting from Topeka.
Police say gang-related crime is rare in Lawrence, but contributes to the rise in violent crime within the city.
"We do have times though where often-times there's a rival gang out of a different city, whether it be Kansas City or Topeka, that comes in and maybe mixes with the local groups and that causes an issue as it did this time," Sergeant Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department said.
Police say the department is struggling to control the uptick in crime as it is strapped for money and resources. Lawrence PD is hoping budget talks later this year will help.