OLATHE, Kan. -- Schools in the area of College Boulevard and Lone Elm Road in Olathe went into restricted access Thursday, after a shooting at the mall across the street from Olathe Northwest High School. Police found the suspect in a nearby home shortly after 12 p.m.
That mall where the police believe the shooting happened and the home where the suspect was arrested are about a mile-and-a-half away from a house where the victim drove for help.
FOX 4 was there when Maquita Nelson looked at video of who she believed to be her child’s father and ex-boyfriend being taken away by police. The 17-year-old teen was identified as the suspect in the shooting.
"Grow up, you know, you got a daughter now, you got to be out here for her," she said.
On Thursday police searched the property around the Shops of Sunnybrook.
"We've looked and haven't found any crime scene that I know of I the parking lot, so it could have been in the car in the parking lot," Brad Caldwell with the Olathe Police Department said.
That scene is right across the street from Olathe Northwest.
"At least one of the students is a former student of the Olathe School District, but we don't believe it had any direct relation to the school or the school district,” Caldwell said.
Police believe the victim and suspect may have been in a white car somewhere in the parking lot at the Shops of Sunnybrook, whatever happened inside that car ended with the suspect shooting the 18-year-old victim, then running across the street to his house where he was arrested.
The victim drove home and collapsed in the driveway with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Police aren’t looking for any more suspects, because they say the victim was able to identify the shooter. For Nelson, she’s upset at what the suspect is accused of doing.
"I'm already a single parent doing it out so, it's already hard so with him gone, it will be even harder,” she said.
Although the victim was able to identify the shooter, police haven't been able to question him further because he went into surgery. The victim is expected to survive.