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34-year-old Lawrence man charged in Friday shooting

February 14, 2014, 9:05 a.m. Updated February 14, 2014, 5:28 p.m.


JD Turner

JD Turner

A 34-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after a shooting early Friday morning left a man in critical condition.

Lawrence police arrested JD Turner shortly before 3 a.m. after responding to a report of a shooting at L.R. “Dad” Perry Park at about 2:15 a.m., said Sgt. Trent McKinley, Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

Officers found the victim, who was shot multiple times, inside his vehicle in the north parking lot of the park, near the intersection of Harvard Road and Monterey Way. Medical personnel reported the victim’s injuries to be critical and requested an air ambulance, which took the victim to a Topeka-area trauma center, McKinley said.

The victim was able to give police the name and vehicle description of the man who shot him.

“The suspect and victim were known to one another and were involved in a verbal altercation before the shooting occurred,” McKinley said.

Officers arrested Turner after a car stop near 23rd and Harper.

The shooting victim remains hospitalized and police are not releasing his name, McKinley said.

Turner has two prior convictions in Douglas County: in 2000 for narcotics possession and in 2006 for narcotics sales. He was paroled in 2009 and his most recent sentence ended in February 2012, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. Turner will appear in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday.

Reporter Stephen Montemayor can be reached at 785-832-7160 or

Stay tuned as more develops in this story.


Bob Gent 4 years, 3 months ago

If only the victim had been able to legally carry a loaded gun in his car. Those kansas republicans were too late to save the poor guy. When will this needless slaughter be ended by a greater proliferation of weaponry?

Brian Woods 4 years, 3 months ago

Nothing good every happens after midnight

Rick Masters 4 years, 3 months ago

City Commission meetings happen in the early evening.

Paula Kissinger 4 years, 3 months ago

Well, Bob, this might lighten up when convicted felons are mandated to serve their controlling sentences instead of being paroled. Talk to your Democrat friends about this while you all are preaching peace in a world that will not accept it because it has allowed the evils of sin and drugs to run rampant...because, as you know, people have rights.

Amy Varoli Elliott 4 years, 3 months ago

They have to parole people sooner because the budgets have been slashed

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