Man found shot in Lenexa front yard leads police to deaths of two men inside home

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LENEXA, Kan. -- Police spent much of the day Thursday in a Lenexa neighborhood, collecting evidence in a double homicide that happened Wednesday night.

Police confirmed Thursday afternoon the two victims found dead inside of the home were both adult males, but have not released any other information regarding their ages or identities.

Police received a call of a reported shooting shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night from a man who said he had been shot in the stomach, but claimed he didn't know where he was. A dispatcher stayed on the phone with him until police eventually found him outside a home in the 8500 block of Hallet Street in Lenexa.

"I don't think he was familiar with this area, however I don't know the extent of his injuries that could have contributed to his inability to give clear information," said Dan Friesen,  Lenexa Police Department.

The injured man was taken to a hospital, his condition wasn't immediately given, but police did determine the man needed medical attention.

Caroline Ewing said she was sitting outside in her car, just a block away, and had no idea gunshots rang out.

"I was sitting in my car probably when the incident was going on and it alarms me a little bit,” said Ewing. “I have no idea what the nature of the incident was. Was it murder? Was it a trespasser? A family incident?"

All key questions police are working to answer.

Thursday morning Lenexa Police detectives and the Johnson County Sheriff's office Crime Scene Investigation unit (CSI) were on the scene collecting evidence, "just trying to figure out what's inside this residence," according to Friesen.

While they waited for a search warrant, which came at about 3 a.m. Thursday, they canvassed the neighborhood, asking people if they heard or knew anything about the shooting.  The residence is located at 8536 Hallet in a cul-de-sac area inside the Oak Valley subdivision, which is near Rising Star Elementary School in Lenexa.

At the time of our conversation with Friesen, investigators did not yet know the relationship between the wounded man discovered outside in the yard and the two people found dead inside the home, nor were police releasing their ages or identities.

Anyone with information relating to this case is urged to contact the Lenexa Police Department at 913-477-7300, or the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS (8477).

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11 comments

  • Squeak252

    “The residence is near Rising Star Elementary School in Lenexa.”

    The residence is not really that close to Rising Star school the way it sounds here, this is a sure way to disturb many parents and students at the school. The residence is down a large hill and across Little Mill Creek. For a reference point you could have used another location especially at this point when we do not know all the circumstances of the shooting it is not necessary to cause panic for parents.

    • John

      It is 5 minutes walking distance from rising star. I know because I live right there. You walk up the hill and rising star is there. There are trails that take you right to it. That’s where I went to school. When ever people ask where I live I say next to rising star. It’s the best reference point.

  • dj

    Rising star is close to that area. I honestly think the story mentions it as a reference point to the location. Also the Lenexa police are using rising star as a staging area for this.

  • WhySoSerious

    They gave the address so it’s a mute point if they used rising star in reference to the proximity of the crime! Also back to the real story, how can the man shot outside not no where he was at? Was he an intruder that killed both homeowners but got shot in the process and stumbled outside? Only time will tell, any thoughts on this or can we argue about a school being named in the story!

    • gayle

      My thought about the man outside who called police was that he came to the house with one of the victims, possibly in the white van that neighbors said they had never seen before. So if he was just riding along he wouldn’t necessarily know where he was.

  • jqp

    SQEAK – it is a purely residential area, so I get that they used the school as a reference. Does seem odd that they even provided a map with the school. If the crime was related to the school, I’d get it.

    SERIOUS – moot point. Not mute. The point is moot. The point never had any volume, nor could it speak. I generally don’t care about spelling or grammar, but this particular saying drives me crazy. Consider it a PSA.

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