Archive for Wednesday, September 10, 1997


September 10, 1997


Lawrence police on Tuesday arrested two men in a Monday incident in which a car was sprayed with bullets and someone shot at an occupied residence.

Police said the incident may have involved gang members, which would make it the second major incident of gang-related activity in the city in two days.

Travis William Stiffler, 21, Eudora, was arrested on a charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 9:55 a.m. and released at 4:18 p.m. after posting $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court was set for 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18.

Stiffler is accused of firing a gun at a residence in the 1000 block of West 20th Street.

Police said a bullet entered the home, went through a cabinet and struck a woman in the leg. The speed of the bullet had slowed and the woman was not injured.

The shooting occurred a few minutes after a Cadillac was sprayed with bullets about 10:20 p.m. near 19th and Naismith.

Police seized a gold Honda at the residence where the gunshot was fired.

Witnesses said someone from the Honda fired shots at the Cadillac following an argument.

Stiffler, who reportedly was in the Cadillac, reportedly went to the residence after the vehicle he was riding in was fired on.

A resident at the house on 20th Street, Thach Hong Pham, 21, was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license and having no proof of insurance. He was booked into the jail at 9:15 a.m. and released at 10:45 a.m. after posting $150 bond.

A first appearance in court for him was set for 7:45 a.m. Sept. 17.

Six bullet holes were found in the Cadillac, and several bullets were found lodged in the vehicle, which also was seized by police as evidence.

In addition to Monday night's shootings, police are investigating a gang-related incident in which three teens were stabbed early Sunday in the 200 block of Glenview Drive.

Monday's incident is not believed to be related to Sunday's stabbings.

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