Archive for Friday, March 26, 1999


March 26, 1999


Lawrence police say the man who shot himself early March 17 in the Journal-World parking lot was a 45-year-old California man.

Edward D. Dandridge of Sacramento pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head after a police officer stopped him for a traffic infraction.

A passenger in the car told police he had just hitched a ride with Dandridge and didn't know the man or why he shot himself. Dandridge was driving a car with Douglas County plates, but it wasn't his car and the tags didn't match the vehicle, police said.

Police still are looking into Dandridge's connection to Lawrence and why he committed suicide, Sgt. George Wheeler said Friday. The department has made contact with Dandridge's ex-wife, Wheeler said.

Dandridge did not have any identification on him when he shot himself. The FBI helped police identify him through fingerprints.

Shooting victim

in fair condition

Lawrence resident Kayla Riley, shot three times Sunday outside the apartment where she was staying, remained in fair condition Friday at the Kansas University Medical Center.

Nurses expected her to remain at the hospital during the weekend, a spokesman said.

Ronnie L. McPherson, 52 of rural Perry, faces second-degree attempted murder and kidnapping charges in the shooting case. Authorities released him Thursday on $125,000 bond.

Police say McPherson forced Riley into a truck at gunpoint and shot her three times about 6:45 p.m. Sunday outside 2612 Redbud. Investigators say a dispute about money led to the shooting.

McPherson is scheduled to appear in court at 1:45 p.m. April 5.

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