Archive for Monday, May 12, 2014

Police identify victim killed in shooting at Mother’s Day cookout

May 12, 2014, 12:35 p.m. Updated May 12, 2014, 3:02 p.m.


Charles T. Brockman

Charles T. Brockman

Lawrence police have identified the man who died after a shooting erupted in east Lawrence on Sunday as Charles T. Brockman, a 26-year-old Lawrence man. Police said it is unclear whether an arrest will be made in the incident.

According to a news release from Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley, authorities arrived at an apartment complex at the intersection of East 13th Street and Maple Lane around 6 p.m. Sunday in response to a shooting. Investigators determined Brockman had arrived at the apartment complex about 5:50 p.m. During this time, many people were outside having a cookout for Mother's Day.

Brockman allegedly exited his vehicle carrying a shotgun, according to Monday's news release. When Brockman arrived, one person socializing at the cookout ran toward the second floor of the apartment building. He attempted to enter one of the apartments but was not allowed inside. According to the release, investigators determined this person had a previous dispute with Brockman.

Several people unsuccessfully tried to convince Brockman to put the shotgun down and leave, the release said.

“There were some people who tried to intervene,” McKinley said. “They were Brockman’s friends, and they tried to stop him. He kind of paused for a moment, but then he saw the person he was after.”

Brockman ran toward the apartment building, and children and adults scattered. A few seconds later, gunfire erupted near the east stairway of the building. It was determined that Brockman was shot by the person he was pursuing, the release said.

“This person who was the intended target was stuck on the second floor as this person approached the building,” McKinley said. “The individual being pursued also had a handgun.”

Family members transported Brockman to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, according to a Sunday news release. Brockman received treatment but died from a gunshot wound before he could be transferred to another hospital, McKinley said.

When police arrived on the scene on Sunday, they received a description of the shooter and the car he may have been driving. Shortly after, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle and stopped it in the East Hills Business Park. Police later questioned the shooter at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, according to the release.

The release does not name the shooter. He is not in custody and "has been cooperative," according to McKinley, who said a report will be sent to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.

"In talking with witnesses as well as the person with the handgun, we've determined this is not something we'll make an arrest on immediately," McKinley said.

On Monday, police went back to the apartment complex to speak with more witnesses.

McKinley said officers interviewed numerous people who were present at the apartment complex on Sunday. However, police are still seeking information. Anyone with knowledge about the incident is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department Investigations Division at (785) 832-7509.

Brockman was one of three men arrested on suspicion of robbing a Lawrence apartment in January 2013. In this incident, three suspects allegedly used a handgun to steal $260 in cash, a television, a Playstation gaming system and six grams of marijuana, according to police reports.

According to reports from the Kansas Department of Corrections, Brockman was convicted of aggravated robbery. He was sentenced in March 2013 and placed under Intensive Supervised Probation by the Douglas County Community Corrections Department.


Arnie Bunkers 4 years ago

A Kansas statue defines voluntary manslaughter as “knowingly killing a human being upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion; or upon an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified use of deadly force.”

I'de say a guy running at you with a shotgun does not constitute an unreasonable belief that your life is in immediate danger.

Melinda Henderson 4 years ago

This is an amazingly poorly written article. Especially due to adding info from the first article.

Joshua Montgomery 4 years ago

We have some choices to make as a community. A single homicide or isolated violent event is to be expected from time to time, but six homicides in the last 11 months is a serious problem.

It is time for our community to start looking for the root cause of this outbreak and start taking steps to fix it.

Lawrence has its historical problems, but violence has never been one of them. We are on track this year to eclipse Topeka in terms of total murders per capita. Topeka.

Brock Masters 4 years ago

I agree with your second paragraph but not your last. Murder isn't the only violent crime there is - Lawrence has had a high number of rapes and sexual assaults in the past.

But I do agree with addressing the root causes of the problem and not just focusing on the symptom.

Bob Smith 4 years ago

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Lora Gilliland Schneider 4 years ago

Why are you knocking the police? They can only come once they are notified of a problem and they didn't cause this incident. Would you like their job? It's thankless and life-threatening. It's easy to sit back and pass judgement when you don't walk in their shoes.

Nathan Wycoff 4 years ago

He statement was supporting conceal and carry, not talking down on the police.

Clark Coan 4 years ago

These things go in cycles. We can go several years without a homicide.

Nathan Wycoff 4 years ago

The craziest thing about this story is that the deceased shotgun shooter in this story committed armed robbery last January and only got probation. Talk about injustice.

Steve Jacob 4 years ago

This supports conceal carry. You should not think you can just pull out a shotgun in a crowd without repercussions. Very sad it ended this way but it could of been much worse.

4 years ago

Why is it that we hardly ever know what (and I understand it is too early in this case) kind of drugs & alcohol the perpetrator,if any, has taken? What was in their system at the time? When this case ends, and this goes for every other violent crime case, I want it publicly stated what kind of drugs or what the level of alcohol was involved by the defendant. What would it be...95% of all cases? Then teach our grade schoolers & high schoolers what specifically happens and with what drugs. Heroin is a big problem again...But the public has little if any knowledge of this. What are people taking that increases the chance of acting so violently?

Matthew Herbert 4 years ago

Sounds like, following his robbery, we should have locked him up for his OWN safety. The added safety to the community would have just been an added perk.

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