A 20-year-old Lawrence man was charged Friday in Douglas County District Court with the attempted second-degree murder of a Lawrence motorist.
Prosecutors are alleging that Michael E. Vick, 1908 E. 19th, attempted to kill the 25-year-old man early Friday morning by shooting at the car the man was driving near 25th and Louisiana. The police report indicates that the alleged victim did not know either Vick or the 16-year-old Lawrence boy who was in the vehicle with him.
Both Vick and the juvenile suspect were apprehended about 2:15 a.m. Friday after a police officer noticed their vehicle in the 2500 block of Cimarron.
The 16-year-old boy remained in the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center late Friday awaiting a detention hearing Monday afternoon in the juvenile division of the district court.
Police said four to five shots struck the 1989 Chrysler, shattering its rear window and damaging the interior and convertible top. Two bullet holes were found in the headrest on the driver's seat just inches from the victim's head. None of the bullets struck the victim, although flying glass scratched his face.
Vick also was charged with criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, criminal damage to property and defacing the identification marks on a firearm in connection with the shooting.
He also was charged with conspiracy to commit arson and attempted arson in connection with an incident about 1 a.m. Friday in which a 40-ounce beer bottle was filled with gasoline, stuffed with a lighted wick and thrown at a parked vehicle in the 3300 block of Iowa.
Although the bottle struck the vehicle, it bounced off and hit the ground before it broke and erupted into flames.
Vick remained in the Douglas County Jail late Friday in lieu of $35,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled May 22.