LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A 20-year-old woman is dead after being shot in Leavenworth early Friday morning.
According to Leavenworth police, officers responded to a shooting call at 12:23 a.m. in the 2900 block of Ralph Bunche Drive at the Woodland Village Apartments.
The woman was found on scene suffering gunshots wounds and taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
“Gun violence just continues to plague us,” Police Chief Pat Kitchens said in an interview with FOX4 Friday. “We typically have one or two murders a year, and this is now the third one, and it’s July already, so that’s got me worried a little bit, but I think we’re on the right track with this particular investigation. I’m confident that the detectives are going to work through it and identify the person.”
Kitchens also said the victim may have been unintentional.
“Shot in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he continued. “That seems to be the focus of our investigation here, an uninvolved party of a dispute, but we’re working our way through that, and that seems to be the focus of our investigation which makes it all the more sad.”
Neighbor Jessica Lopez wasn’t even home at the time. She was working.
“I guess I got the teenagers, but then I also have a two-year-old and triplets,” she said in an interview with FOX4 Friday. “When I’m not here, it’s scary not knowing what’s going on in the neighborhood or right next door, so yeah it’s…nerve racking.”
The police department’s SWAT team searched an apartment to locate a suspect, but the apartment was empty.
No suspect information is available at this time. Kitchens says officers do have good leads though.
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