Man in critical condition; suspect in custody after shooting in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A man is in critical condition after a shooting Tuesday night in Overland Park, officials say.

According to Overland Park police, officers received an armed disturbance report around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday near 117th and Hardy.

When officers arrived, they found a man in his 20s down on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A neighbor and friend of the family told FOX4 the victim has a degenerative genetic disease that affects his mental and physical behavior.

All day Wednesday, officers followed up on the shooting. They talked to potential witnesses in the neighborhood and searched for evidence with a metal detector. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office helped with the investigation and flew a drone over the street where it happened.

Police say they immediately took the suspect into custody. They say they weren't able to question him because he asked for his attorney. The investigation is ongoing. According to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office, there haven't been any charges filed yet.

A neighbor who called 911 shared his account of what happened with FOX4 Tuesday night.

"I heard someone say something like, 'OMG you shot me,' or something like that," Caleb Romig said. "Then I ran inside, and I got on the phone with 911. And then I pretty much told them what happened, and I told my mom what happened. We walked outside and got to the sidewalk, and we looked over and there was this guy. He looked like he was about high school age, maybe a little older. He was just laying on the ground. And there was a guy standing over him, looked about to be, 24, 25, mid 20s, holding a gun standing over him on the phone with 911, saying 'I shot this guy. Come quick. He was on my property trespassing. I didn't mean to shoot him. It was an accident.' Something like that."

Anyone with information is asked to call Overland Park police at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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