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Eight suffer injuries in shooting at south Lawrence apartment complex

All injuries considered non life threatening

Emergency crews load a victim of the Sunday morning shooting into an ambulance before transporting the patient to an area hospital. Three people were reported injured during the incident.

Emergency crews load a victim of the Sunday morning shooting into an ambulance before transporting the patient to an area hospital. Three people were reported injured during the incident.

August 1, 2010, 3:16 a.m. Updated August 1, 2010, 2:38 p.m.

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Emergency crews respond to shooting with multiple victims

Emergency crews were dispatched to the Exchange, 3100 Ousdahl Rd., around 2:30 a.m. Sunday for shooting call. Multiple people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Enlarge video

Eight people injured in shooting incident

Early Sunday morning, a shooting occurred at the Exchange in the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road. Enlarge video

A boarded door of the lower-level apartment was evidence of Sunday morning's shooting incident at The Exchange. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured during the August 1 incident.

A boarded door of the lower-level apartment was evidence of Sunday morning's shooting incident at The Exchange. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured during the August 1 incident.

A dent from a bullet scars the metal patio railing of a south Lawrence apartment building. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured during the August 1 shooting incident.

A dent from a bullet scars the metal patio railing of a south Lawrence apartment building. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured during the August 1 shooting incident.

Bullet holes, a dented railing and a boarded patio door are evidence of the shooting incident that took place at a south Lawrence apartment complex Sunday morning. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured, though none of the injuries were life threatening.

Bullet holes, a dented railing and a boarded patio door are evidence of the shooting incident that took place at a south Lawrence apartment complex Sunday morning. Local law enforcement reported eight people were injured, though none of the injuries were life threatening.

Emergency crews work around the scene of a shooting Sunday morning. Three people were reported injured during the incident.

Emergency crews work around the scene of a shooting Sunday morning. Three people were reported injured during the incident.

Lawrence resident Daniel Fry arrived at his home early Sunday morning to find a shocking scene. “I saw a bunch of police cars; I saw a fire truck, a couple of ambulances,” he said.

He soon learned that some of his friends had been hurt during an altercation. Eight people were either shot or injured by flying debris, according to Lawrence police.

The incident happened at 2:22 a.m. at The Exchange, an apartment complex at 3100 Ousdahl Road.

Fry said his friends were hosting a black light party in an apartment, on the bottom floor of one of the buildings. At some point in the evening, police said a fight broke out between the people at the party and an unknown man.

Police Capt. Mike Pattrick issued a news release Sunday afternoon, which stated that “preliminary reports indicated an unidentified male standing outside an apartment fired a handgun into an apartment, striking several people.”

Residents and witnesses stood on their balconies and in the surrounding area watching the investigation unfold Sunday morning.

Jamar Reese, 21, of Lawrence, said he heard the shots being fired. “It sounded like firecrackers,” he said. “Really loud ones. There were probably about seven shots fired off.”

Reese was visiting a friend who lived at the apartment complex.

Antwan Winkfield lives on the second floor of Building 7, directly above the apartment that was shot at. Winkfield said he and some friends had been hanging out in the apartment when the shots were fired.

”I heard four or five shots,” Winkfield said. “We ran to the window and could see our friends below ducking and we heard glass breaking.”

According to Winkfield, some uninvited guests showed up to the party and the hosts refused them entry. Winkfield said it was possible the people who were turned away were the same people who returned and fired the shots. He did not see the suspect or the suspect vehicle.

Matthew Evilsizor, one of the victims of the incident, returned to the lower-level apartment Sunday afternoon with a bandage on his right arm. Evilsizor said he and the other victims were going to be fine.

“A lot of us are still pretty shaken up,” he said.

Bullet holes, a dented railing and a boarded patio door are evidence of the shooting.

Many residents at The Exchange said they are surprised something like this could happen at their apartment complex. “It’s kind of scary since it’s a gated community, to think that’s supposed to keep us safe, but it wasn’t able to do that,” Courtney Smith said.

Other residents said the incident didn’t worry them, “There’s a lot of drinking that goes on; it’s a college town, tempers get out of hand, things get out of hand,” Exchange resident Elizabeth Pruett said.

The suspect was last seen leaving the area with a group of people in an unidentified passenger vehicle.

Detectives and officers continue to work active leads to identify the suspect in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department Detective Division at (785) 830-7430 or the Crime Stoppers hot line at (785) 843-TIPS.

Comments

Randall Barnes 4 years, 11 months ago

scanner traffic said there was 5 people shot and transported. all shot in the leg. and no the shooters not from topeka or k.c. but junction city.

Dirtman24 4 years, 11 months ago

totally correct, love scanners LOL, and yep Junction city fellerrrrrr this time

kansasredlegs 4 years, 11 months ago

When is the City Commission going to shut this place down... Last Call and AXIS were shut down for such violence or less. If I remember correctly, there was a murder there a few years back involving firearms and now this. Perhaps City should be looking for ways to shut this Destination of Violence down... I guess first question must be, Who is the owner or ownership group? If local supporter(s) of City Offiicials forget it.

hail2oldku 4 years, 11 months ago

You remember incorrectly. This apartment complex just opened up last August.

cozy 4 years, 11 months ago

lol. If you're going to go on a rant at least know what you're talking about. I would like to know how an apartment complex and a night club could be confused. There is absolutely no mention of anything relating to a night club in that story.

inquire 4 years, 11 months ago

uh oh. Looks like someone has been using that copy/ past function a bit liberally........ I'm not sure you can "shut down" a place of residence. But good try though. Really. Keep it up!

Dirtman24 4 years, 11 months ago

I'll help ya out lj, 4 code yellow and 1 code green, not out to beat ya down lj may wanna invest into scanners for your reporters. Scanners are great for rightful info... helping ya out some no harm done...

jpreiner 4 years, 11 months ago

We most certainly listen to the police scanners. We also report what can be confirmed and after speaking with Capt. Fellers at the scene, what was confirmed was three people were injured.

We will of course update the story as more information is made available to us.

Thank you,

Joe Preiner Reporter/Web Producer

damnitimpissed 4 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, one thing about updating the story Lawrence residents would like is to know what the police is doing AFTER the incident and what progress has the investigation made. I remember thinking after several robbery articles in your paper; well, did they ever catch them? Are they still trying to? Is it hopeless? But I guess that's not BREAKING enough for you guys.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 11 months ago

Atheists!? Heavens no, there aren't atheists around here are there? I understand that they worship false idols and hold devil meetings.....

dragonfly_28 4 years, 11 months ago

FYI-being an Atheist doesn't mean you worship false idols and have devil meetings! IT MEANS YOU DON'T BELEIVE GOD! MORON!

jehovah_bob 4 years, 11 months ago

sar·casm ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm

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RogueThrill 4 years, 11 months ago

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independant1 4 years, 11 months ago

Odds are they were people but that has not been confirmed, someone listening to police scanner said they were from Junction City and we all know there are a plethora species that inhabit that town. First establish species I always say.

damnitimpissed 4 years, 11 months ago

Species: Wanna be gang bangers from a dysfunctional military family.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

I thought The Exchange was more upscale then this, judging from the cars parked when I drive by. One incident is not a pattern I guess, but if something happens again...

Casey_Jones 4 years, 11 months ago

Drug dealers can afford nice apartments.

lionheart72661 4 years, 11 months ago

CorkyHundley (anonymous) says… Lawrence is becoming a cesspool for gun play. Are these people Christians?

Ummmm....What does that have to do with it?

geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago

"Are these people Christians?" ++++ Evidently.

lionheart72661 4 years, 11 months ago

thanks geekin...that's why I copied and pasted..LOL

OutlawJHawk 4 years, 11 months ago

The complex was built cheaply and fast by out-of-state(TX tags) mexican labor and is a dump. It is not up-scale. A couple of people I know who live there are of modest means and have had their apartments and cars broken into more than once. A shooting although tragic is fitting for the complex and something I expected to happen there...

persevering_gal 4 years, 11 months ago

Last time I was there visiting a friend, the pool and the hot tub were green. It was disgusting!

ivalueamerica 4 years, 11 months ago

Mexican labor?

That caused the shooting?

You are a card....the joker...

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

so nice to see the tolerant and oh so civil left is already out of bed on a summer Sunday morning [RE Tweakin-topekan and SnarkyHundley].

racial and religious stereotypes ar most certainly condemned, unless they apply to the heritage of our country.


yes, moving makes people mad. it was a good thing I didn't have a gun handy once during a move ... if I had I would have only eliminated someone who was breathing our air and eating food who really didn't deserve to, ... lol.

double-barrelld sawed-off shotgun, there's a gun for when you're really angry, not the stupid thuggie handguns used these days.
apparently the creep who did the shooting at the Exchange wasn't a good shot with his little thuggy handgun.
his stupidity saved lives.
he probably did the shooting because of: drugs; he thought someone was "dissing him;" somebody was touching his girl [she's probably not worth one of the bullets he shot); drugs; alcohol; society abused his ancestors; his own irresponsibility; he had an existential crisis; George Bush invaded Iraq; drugs; or he's always had his own way for 18-years and never been disciplined before going off to universityville; all of the above.

booklover 4 years, 11 months ago

So nice to see the tolerant and oh so civil right is joining them on this bright and sunny morning BG.

lionheart72661 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't think Geekin was stereotyping. he was just answering corkyhundly's statement

lionheart72661 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't think Geekin was stereotyping. he was just answering corkyhundly's statement

bondmen 4 years, 11 months ago

bearded_gnome are you intimately familiar with this perp or just a keen observer of the usual character and characteristics of similarly related folks in similar circumstances?

uncleandyt 4 years, 11 months ago

I will guess that the shooter was an older woman who had been reading Ann Coulter books.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

'Punker, "exactly," exactly what?

and booklover, so it's okay when the uncivil left stereotypes, broadly denigrates an entire group, but you challenge it when a member of the denigrated group points out that activity, defends against it? sounds like you do support the uncivil left. kinda backwards, or else you support the actions of these nuts?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

I am really happy that everybody's going to be okay!

the serious part of the story is that Bat Masterson is still on the loose.

unidentified man was reported to have stood outside the apartment building and to have fired a handgun into the apartment, striking several people.

---after a "verbal altercation." see all of my possibles for causes above.

I hope LPD/LJW get a name/description out quickly. get Bat Masterson off the streets.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago

"I hope LPD/LJW get a name/description out quickly. get Bat Masterson off the streets" ++++ Maybe check around the next tea party "rally". This incident sounds like a Christian teabagger 's response to me.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 11 months ago

The "gated" exchange is a joke. It's a ploy to try and make parents think their kids will be safe. They have a gate to keep cars out. However, simply park at the main office at any time, get out of your car, and take the sidewalk to any building inside.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 11 months ago

Yep, when used properly. Cars are great too, except when someone drives them drunk or crosses lanes while texting. OUTLAW CARS!

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Cars are designed for transportation, and only when misused are they a problem. They are not designed to be driven by drunk drivers. Guns are designed to shoot bullets, period. That is what it did in this instance. This gun was used in the manner for which it was designed. It shot bullets out the barrel end at a high rate of speed in the direction it was pointed. That is what it was designed to do and that is what it did. Ain't that grand?

lounger 4 years, 11 months ago

Junction city, Kansas city, Topeka. Stay home if your are going to shoot a gun or commit a crime in Lawrence.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 11 months ago

It's never pretty watching a city spiral downward. Welcome to mediocrity, Lawrence.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 11 months ago

Cane suger is a huge crop in Texas and those fields are tended by hardworking and law abiding Mexican labors, some of who die every year from the massive burnoffs that are a part of the process.

Yet repubs want cheap cupcakes and ignore the fact that immigrant labor makes it possible. Repubs want their cupcakes and eat them too.

greenworld 4 years, 11 months ago

The Reserve apartments got kind of bad with incidents back when it was Jefferson Commons and now its mellowed out. You would think this place would be pretty safe as they have a security gate around the whole place and it looks to be brand new. Although it is right across the street from Gas light village and the street that allows many to walk to Walmart and back to the trailor park.

jhawks1234 4 years, 11 months ago

That's what I like to call "Luxury Student Living" but if you hurry to rent there you get a $300 Visa gift card.

greenworld 4 years, 11 months ago

"That's what I like to call "Luxury Student Living" but if you hurry to rent there you get a $300 Visa gift card." Thats hilarious......Yeah and if you take your time to sign the lease you will only have to duck bullets every other weekend.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

I love that commercial. They barely show the actual living space, and seems like only hot girls live there.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

What do you think the odds are that the shooter was not legally qualified to own a firearm? Pretty darned high, I'd say.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

What makes you think he wasn't legally qualified? If he is an American citizen, isn't that qualification enough?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

If you would take a look at the law, bea, you would see there are several things that would cause a person to not be legally qualified to own a firearm.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Isn't that what pro-gun rights types and the NRA are pushing for, for citizenship to be the only qualifier? No background checks, no permits, rights to conceal and carry at all times even when drinking in bars. I am familiar with laws prohibiting some people from owning guns, but I'm sure the Supreme Court will turn those aside in the near future. Who are you to say who can and who can't own a gun? It is the Constitutional Right of every citizen, is it not?

Yes, all of this is sarcasm.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

bea, you are confusing the voices in your head with reality again.....

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Indeed, when you can't support your side of the argument, go for the insults. Nice one snap.

igby 4 years, 11 months ago

I wonder what culture produced a Sir name like "Evilsizor". Wonder what a person did for a living to get labeled "Evilsizor". Just wondering! Lol.

Jeremiah Jefferson 4 years, 11 months ago

seems Lawrence has its fair share of hood rats too

deerhunter2010 4 years, 11 months ago

This complex was not cheaply built by mexican labor. True it was built fast but that was because it was built by the 3rd largest multi-family builder in the nation not you're typical mom and pop construction company. We knew how to build complexes right and fast. There was nothing cheap about them. As for the mexican labor, sure there was a couple subcontractors from out of town largely because they travelled solely with us building for us. However, the majority of the contractors on this job were local contractors so next time you want to make a comment make sure you have your facts straight.

SirReal 4 years, 11 months ago

When is Lawrence going to make an example out of one of these wanna be thugs. You see them all over the city and hear the reports about this crap every weekend. They come here because Lawrence doesn't screw with them the way other cities do.

BlackVelvet 4 years, 11 months ago

""They come here because Lawrence doesn't screw with them the way other cities do." Exactly! But other cities aren't as bleeding heart left-wing as Lawrence seems to be. We seem to wanna coddle them, hug them, feel sorry for them, and blame everyone BUT them, for their heinous behaviour. That's also why so many homeless gravitate to Lawrence.

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

Yep, those dang laws just keep gettin' in the way.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 11 months ago

This is one of the dumber things I've read in a while, thanks for that.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh wow, you managed to top yourself. You've made my weekend!

pennyless 4 years, 11 months ago

I find some irony reading today's paper, in such, that yesterday everyone was complaining about how much money the police and firefighters earn a year and then today, we read about these "public servants" responding to a multiple shooting and investigating two sexual assaults in the matter of hours. Lets pay them what they are worth and I believe that is a hell of a lot more than $78k a year. Heck, I don't hear anyone complaining about Coach Self making millions directing college kids to put a basketball through a cylindrical hoop???

musm 4 years, 11 months ago

i know these guys who have a record lable called SASNAK RECORDS ....MYSPACE/WICKEDSIRE based here in lawrence for the last five years they have been expressing the violence thats inside and surrounds lawrence thru hip hop if the lawrence journal world and the turnpike would consider hip-hop music in their rotation then maybe we would have or you could have known what is going on in these streets

irvan moore 4 years, 11 months ago

sasnak is kansas spelled backwords, remember the Sasnak Bars in Topeka? one on Kansas avenue downtown and the other one on Topeka blvd. in North Topeka.

purplesage 4 years, 11 months ago

The $77K a year (plus government beneftis) detectives will have something to do given this kind of foolishness. The madness that goes on costs us all in very tangible ways. Fortunate no one was maimed or killed.

Charlie Sabotage 4 years, 11 months ago

that sucks. eight people shot? he just stood outside that place and started shooting? huhhhhhhhhh a hot hopping spot like this, with so many cool people living there, you'd have thought the million hot chicks would have been outside, poolside and available to give a description of the passenger vehicle. geez so much fun going on and none of the cool kids could stop their good lives to watch this go down. I wanna live there in elegance and not pay attention to my surroundings. SOMEONE HAD TO SEE SOMETHING. No? it was early morning though. so they weren;t home from the bars yet?

karmaxs3 4 years, 11 months ago

"An AK-47. When you absolutely, positively, have to kill every m'r f'r in the room."~Samuel Jackson in Jackie Brown

This kind of crap never happened when I was in college at KU. Man up. Fight without a gun. Geesh.

SeaBee 4 years, 11 months ago

Quiet night here in Topeka last night. Hard to compete with you folks sometimes.

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

We just be playin' catchup with y'all.

ralphralph 4 years, 11 months ago

Edit 8 Hot Chicks Gunned Down In Luxury Student Community

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

Lionheart: just looks like I was right about Tweakin-topekan, and he adds a sexual vulgarity for extra stupidity in his stereotyping: Maybe check around the next tea party "rally". This incident sounds like a Christian teabagger 's response to me.

---not much to add there. TT says it all himself and does demonstrate the unsavory uncivil left. hmmm, Booklover, you reading? QED.


BlackVelvet and Cheeseburger FTW! right on there.

let's just put away Bat Masterson for a very long time so he can play his little thuggie games behind bars.

apparently the residents of that holey door apartment were right to turn BM away.

whatupdown 4 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence; a good place to leave. Taxes/Violence

sherlock 4 years, 11 months ago

Studends are coming back, whole new flock, away from home and want to spread their wings of independence. Drink, drink, until you fall over drunk. Drugs quite often are being passed-----so why will it be any different at the street parties that the city is going to put their stamp of approval on for football days? None! So if its just an accident waiting to happen, then what? Will they suck in the idea? So why not just let all the bars have open house on game days? After all is it fair for just one to have this special treatment? Its party time again in River city----UNTIL they find that sometimes the police do crack down on the loud noises and minor drinking!

Jeff Cuttell 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't disagree with you because I have no idea what you are talking about.

BruceWayne 4 years, 11 months ago

so a "black light party"? anyone ever attended one? is there an "asian gang" alive and well and living here in Lawrence?

missmagoo 4 years, 11 months ago

“There’s a lot of drinking that goes on; it’s a college town, tempers get out of hand, things get out of hand,” Exchange resident Elizabeth Pruett said.

this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Things getting out of hand resulting in shots being fired is WAY beyond getting out of hand.

The_Voice_of_Reason 4 years, 11 months ago

“It’s kind of scary since it’s a gated community, to think that’s supposed to keep us safe, but it wasn’t able to do that,”

The only thing that gate does is allow the apartment complex to charge you more money for a false since of security and annoy delivery people. In fact that gate makes you less safe because it slows down the response time of any emergency vehicles that need to get in.

Christine Anderson 4 years, 11 months ago

Aha! Proof that kind of stuff does not just happen in "certain" neighborhoods.

CHKNLTL 4 years, 11 months ago

There are no "certain" neighborhoods. Ever wonder where all the cops and detectives are all day and night? They are busy covering up and cleaning up all the crime scenes that occur in this city. If they do it right, less crimes make it to the statistical data that the public sees. This means all you yuppies move here and expect life to happen around you like Mayberry. GET REAL!
Why do you think the police DEPT AUDIT HAS TAKEN OVER 2 YEARS and is still INCOMPLETE....???

yankeevet 4 years, 11 months ago

Is there a discription of the suspect??

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