An 18-year-old Lawrence man is in jail in connection with gun-related crimes last weekend.
Alex Caprice Sanders was arrested Thursday evening and is in the Douglas County jail on suspicion of aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm. He appeared in Douglas County District Court Friday afternoon, where Attorney Jim Rumsey was appointed to represent him. A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday. Bond was set at $80,000.
The arrest stems from two incidents last weekend. The first occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday outside Shots, 1008 Massachusetts St. Police spokesman Trent McKinley said that during the incident two rival gang members were involved in an altercation that led to one person being threatened with a handgun. The two people separated without firing the gun.
After the bar closed an after-hours party took place at the Grove Apartments, 4301 W. 24th Place, McKinley said. Police responded to a reported shooting there at 2:38 a.m., McKinley said. Witnesses reported that multiple gunshots had been fired near the pool and that at least one person had been struck. An eighteen-year-old Topeka man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Police arrested Sanders near an apartment at 2000 Heatherwood Drive. Detectives continue to investigate the shooting to determine if other individuals were involved, McKinley said. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 785-832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 843-8477.