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2 killed in Wichita altercation

5/28/2014

WICHITA (MCT) -- A disturbance on a south Wichita street left two dead and two others injured late Tuesday night.

Wichita police Capt. Jose Salcido declined to disclose the ages of genders of those killed, but said one had been pronounced dead at the crime scene, in the 2500 block of West Wildwood, and one had died shortly after being transported to a local hospital.

Two others were also hospitalized with injuries, he said. At least one was in critical condition, according to emergency scanner traffic.

Three of the victims were shot, Salcido confirmed early Wednesday morning. One had been stabbed. Salcido would not say whether a suspect had been located or was in custody.

A 911 call indicating there had been a disturbance drew police to the address, just north of 31st Street South and west of Meridian, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Salcido said. He said the disturbance had taken place "in the middle of the street" and described the crime scene as "about a block long." The area is a residential neighborhood near an apartment complex.

"We have evidence going for about a block," Salcido said at the scene. The evidence included blood and remnants of gunfire, he said. He did not know the number of shots discharged.

Late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the police presence in the area was noticeable. Patrol cars with flashing lights blocked all lanes of Meridian to through traffic. An officer diverting vehicles into the surrounding residential neighborhoods told curious motorists that police were working "a major crime scene." Spectators stood along side streets and at intersections, watching police work.

A few men arrived around midnight, asking about the welfare of a family member. After talking with reporters, Salcido spoke with one and escorted him closer to the crime scene. Two other men rushed back to their vehicle and drove away after receiving a phone call.

Salcido said early Wednesday that the motive for the altercation was unclear.

"Until we finish talking to the witnesses, we don't know, other than it's a disturbance," he said.

Traffic on Meridian was expected to be blocked into the overnight hours. Salcido, however, said that the road should be open before dawn.

More information is expected to be released Wednesday during the Wichita Police Department's daily news briefing at City Hall. The meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Check Kansas.com throughout the day Wednesday for more information as it becomes available.

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